ENGE416-22X (C) General non-calendar-based 2022

Engineering Geology Synthesis and Project Preparation

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 4 April 2022
End Date: Sunday, 6 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 17 April 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 11 September 2022


Students will work on engineering geology synthesis by applying all of the skills they have learned in the ENGE courses to real-world based problems. Students will also prepare for the project portfolio (ENGE 691). The content of the projects is not fixed, and the principal aim is for students to prepare an industry relevant design or research project. The project itself may be primarily field based, it could be mostly a laboratory study, and there will be components of literature review and project planning involved.

The content of this course is not fixed, and the principal aim is for students to explicitly draw the linkages between the various fundamental topics in engineering geology and to prepare for their dissertation.

In this course students will meet several times during the year to prepare for and to present synthesis work. Each block will have a few timetabled contact days, with group-based work during the intervening days. The first synthesis scenario will draw linkages between the first two courses in the programme and general geology concepts. It will also teach students how to approach problem solving within an engineering scenario. Each subsequent synthesis scenario will be more complex than the previous to reflect the engineering geology material students have covered in other courses up to that point. Students will also be expected to conduct the synthesis work with less input from the lecturers as their problem solving skills develop with each subsequent synthesis scenario.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes
Students completing this course will be able to:
1. Synthesise the various technical concepts from engineering geology
2. Assess the engineering geology site investigation and design requirements for New Zealand-specific and international projects within the cultural and regulatory context in which the projects are undertaken
3. Develop professional communication skills, such as effective teamwork, oral presentations, posters and written reports, working effectively in a bicultural community

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) ENGE 410 and (2) approval from the Head of Department of Geological Sciences


ENGE 495

Timetable Note

This course is a block course over three blocks during teaching breaks. It is a hands-on course with considerable self-directed project synthesis effort in addition to the timetabled contact time.

Course Coordinator

David Bell


Clark Fenton


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Scenario 1 25% Group model and written contributions
Scenario 2 25% Individual and group oral and written contributions
Synthesis Scenario 3 50% Individual written contribution

Scenario 1 – Group model and written contributions – 25% – 20 April
Scenario 2 – Individual and group oral and written contributions – 25% – 7 August
Synthesis scenario 3 – Individual written contribution – 50% – 13 November

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,084.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All ENGE416 Occurrences

  • ENGE416-22X (C) General non-calendar-based 2022