In the process of planning the management of geo-hazards and local authority approval, basic information such as geology, topography, and landform as well as other potentially unstable area due to presence of landslides or severe erosion are required from an area. This approach will minimize the risk of geo-hazards such as landslides or rock falls. For systematic assessment and utilization of the information, a rational evaluation of the overall terrain is conducted and the data are presented in the form of various types of thematic maps.

The principal aim of the course is to present a physical significance to the analytical material covered in the Mechanics of Materials and Engineering Materials courses taken prior or concurrently and to familiarize the students with realistic testing techniques and laboratory practices. The students will be expected to undertake directed reading and make use of computer-aided learning tools. Students are required to use appropriate equipment for laboratory testing, and learn to liaise and work together effectively.

The principal aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the most important aspects of geology as they apply to civil engineering. The course consists of a mixture of formal lectures, lab classes and coursework exercises on the main syllabus headings: solid rock geology; weathering, erosion and soil; groundwater and mass movements. The application of these topics to real civil engineering topics will be emphasized, using case studies and other examples from practice. The students will be expected to undertake directed reading and make use of computer-aided learning tools.