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The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar
2011-2012 Academic Year

Applied Science Courses of Instruction Geological Engineering Courses

Geological Engineering Courses
GEOE 107 History of Life F 3-.5-0 3.5
The history of life, from its inception four billion years ago to the present day, focusing on the inter-relationship between organic evolution and global change. Coevolution of early life and the atmosphere; development of marine animals and their ecosystems; invasion of the land; dinosaurs and their world; mass extinctions; the Age of Mammals; and hominid evolution. Lectures plus four three-hour laboratories. (0/40/0/0/0)
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GEOE 211 Geological Engineering Field Methods F 2-2.5-0 4.5
A field-based course stressing methods used in geological engineering site investigation.  Includes field characterization of engineering properties and behaviour of earth materials and their structures.  Student teams conduct eight site investigations that address geological engineering problems.  Two of these involve the design of an infrastructure improvement project, with geological considerations. Results are presented in weekly engineering reports illustrated with maps and sections. (0/14/0/26/14)
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PREREQUISITE: APSC 151
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GEOL 212 Introductory Mineralogy
An introduction to the crystallography and crystal chemistry of rock-forming minerals. The structural, chemical and genetic aspects of the crystalline state as displayed by minerals are considered. (0/27/0/9/0)
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PREREQUISITE: APSC 151
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GEOE 221 Geological Engineering Field Methods F 2-2.5-0 4.5
A field-based course stressing methods used in geological engineering site investigation. Includes field characterization of engineering properties and behaviour of earth materials and their structures. Student teams conduct eight site investigations that address geological engineering problems. Two of these involve the design of an infrastructure improvement project, with geological considerations. Results are presented in weekly engineering reports illustrated with maps and sections. (0/14/0/26/14)
PREREQUISITE: APSC 151
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GEOL 226 Geology for Civil Engineers
A study of geological materials and selected geological processes of concern to civil engineers. Topics include geologic structures, glacial deposits, groundwater, coastal processes and permafrost. (0/32/0/4/0)
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PREREQUISITE: APSC 151
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GEOE 232 Mineralogy F 3-1.5-0 4.5
Characterization of rock- and soil-forming silicate and non-silicate minerals (their crystallography, optical and physical behaviour, and crystal chemistry). The structural, chemical and genetic aspects of the crystalline state as displayed by minerals are considered. Implications of mineral properties for the engineering behaviour of soils and rocks, and for human needs, are discussed. (0/40/0/14/0) PREREQUISITE: APSC 151
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GEOE 235 Genesis and Characterization of Solid Earth Materials W 3-1.5-0 4.5
Macroscopic and microscopic characterization of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Processes by which rocks are formed and transformed, and influence of genesis on shape, distribution, and rock-mass character of rock bodies. Implications and consequences of rock-forming processes for mineral exploration and production, fossil-fuel exploration and production, and engineering site investigation. (0/32/0/22/0) PREREQUISITES: GEOE 232 (GEOL 232), or permission of instructor
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GEOE 238 Surficial Processes, Sedimentation and Stratigraphy W 3-1-0 4
An examination of the genetic link between surficial geological processes and the sedimentary record produced by these processes. Students obtain an integrated overview of the nature and operation of the Earth-surface environment. Topics include origin of sedimentary rocks and their sedimentary structures, depositional environments and stratigraphic successions; stratigraphic principles and their application to sedimentary basins, with implications for hydrocarbon genesis; interaction of natural; processes with human society. A half-day field trip may be required.(0/36/0/12/0) PREREQUISITE: APSC 151
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GEOE 249 Geophysical Characterization of the Earth W 3-0-.5 3.5
The application of physical principles to examine and characterize the Earth at all scales. The Earth's physical properties and dynamic processes will be assessed and evaluated by integrating such topics as gravity, seismology, magnetism, geochronology, and heat flow, as related to scientific and engineering problems. (12/12/0/18/0) PREREQUISITES: APSC 111, APSC 151, APSC 171, APSC 172
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GEOE 262 Geological Aspects of Mineral Deposits W 3-.75-0 3.75
The basic mineralogy and petrology of mineral deposits are examined. The formation and classification of mineral deposits, considering such aspects as tectonic setting, age, rock composition, geometry, and mineralogy are investigated. Emphasis is placed on the processes by which mineral deposits are formed and transformed, and their influence on mining and production. Laboratory work integrates geological information from the scale of hand samples to regional maps as tools to assist with mine design, estimation of ore grade and evaluation of issues related to ore processing. (0/20/0/25/0) PREREQUISITES: APSC 151 or equivalent
EXCLUSIONS: GEOE 232 (GEOL 232), GEOE 362 (GEOL 362)
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GEOE 281 Earth Systems Engineering I: Geomechanics and Environmental Processes F 3-0-1 4
Introduction to all of the integrated fields of Geological Engineering and the essence of engineering design in an earth-systems context. The focus is on geological engineering properties and processes, complementing the resource focus of Earth Systems Engineering II in the winter term. Projects involve engineering design problems with a particular focus on dealing with scale dependency, sampling confidence, natural variability and risk-assessment related to the quantification of engineering properties for geomaterials. Introductory geotechnical engineering, applied geophysics, and engineering hydrogeology methodology with emphasis on site investigation and design related to mining, tunnelling, infrastructure development, natural-hazard mitigation and environmental remediation and management.  (0/0/0/32/16) PREREQUISITE: APSC 151
COREQUISITES: GEOE 221, or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 282 Earth Systems Engineering II: Resources and Environment W 2-1.5-0 3.5
An earth-system engineering perspective on the nature and acquisition of energy, mineral and water resources, with particular emphasis on the environment considerations in their extraction, processing, and use. Criteria for designing resource exploration programmes are examined. Practical exercises, projects and seminars (team and individual) deal with these issues, and include the design of risk-management plans, environmental life-cycle assessments, sustainable systems, and ore-reserve estimations. (0/0/12/18/12) PREREQUISITES: GEOE 232 (GEOL 232) and GEOE 221 (GEOL 211), or permission of the instructor
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GEOL 291 Technical Communication I 
This course provides instruction and practice in effective technical writing and oral presentation. The topics include amongst other things task definition, document structure and outlining. Many of the exercises will be linked to required oral and written communication tasks in other core courses. Open to Geological Engineering students only. (0/0/12/0/0)
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COREQUISITE: GEOL 281        
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GEOL 292 Technical Communication II
This course provides advanced instruction and practice in effective technical writing and oral presentation. Most exercises will be linked to required oral and written communication tasks in other courses. Open to Geological Engineering students only. (0/0/12/0/0)
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PREREQUISITE: GEOL 291
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GEOE 300 Geological Engineering Field School S 0-5-0 5
An intensive two-week course taken immediately after final examinations in second year. Teams of students apply geological field methods and geological engineering assessment techniques learned during second year, as the basis for an engineering assessment of overburden and bedrock for a suite of specific engineering design outcomes. These outcomes include mineral resource evaluation, mine design, geotechnical stability and environmental baseline assessment related to future engineering works. In addition the students are expected to optimize the design of their own site investigation program to maximize the practical value of information obtained. A final site investigation and engineering report, including design solutions for the aforementioned problems, is presented and defended. Field safety regulations and safe practice are emphasized. (0/0/0/15/45)
PREREQUISITE: GEOE 221 or GEOL 211, GEOE 235 or GEOL 235, or permission of instructor
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GEOE 310 Geological Engineering Field School N 0-5-0 5
An intensive two-week course taken immediately after final examinations in second year. Teams of students apply geological field methods and geological engineering assessment techniques learned during second year, as the basis for an engineering assessment of overburden and bedrock for a suite of specific engineering design outcomes. These outcomes include mineral resource evaluation, mine design, geotechnical stability and environmental baseline assessment related to future engineering works. In addition the students are expected to optimize the design of their own site investigation program to maximize the practical value of information obtained. A final site investigation and engineering report, including design solutions for the aforementioned problems, is presented and defended. Field safety regulations and safe practice are emphasized.
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PREREQUISITES: GEOE 211 (GEOL 211) and GEOE 235 (GEOL 235), or permission of the instructor.
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GEOE 319 Applied Geophysics F 3-0-.5 3.5
Geophysical tools and methods (including gravity, magnetic, electrical, and seismic) applied to engineering problems, including resource exploration and site investigation. Design of field programs using these methods including consideration of physical principles, instrumentation, field procedures and data interpretation. Field projects with geophysical equipment are undertaken. (0/12/0/24/12) PREREQUISITES: GEOE 249 (GEOL 249), MTHE 232 (MATH 232), or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 321 Analysis of Rock Structures F 3-1.5-0 4.5
Material mechanics related to rock deformation and fracture of rocks, applied to site-investigation and resource exploitation. Topics include geometric, kinematic and dynamic analysis; mechanical analysis (stress and strain theory); geologic mapping and map interpretation; engineering rockmass classification and rock engineering in structurally controlled ground, introduction to geotectonics with examination of selected tectonic associations. Application of structural geology and geomechanics to design issues related to construction, mining, natural hazards, and resource exploitation. Required full-day field trip.  (0/24/0/24/0) PREREQUISITES: GEOE 300 (GEOL 310) or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 323 Quaternary Glacial Geology W 3-.5-.5 4
Quaternary paleoclimates and ice ages. Glacial and proglacial processes, environments and landforms. Dating techniques. Glacial interglacial history and stratigraphy of selected areas in Canada. One or more one-day field trips may be required. Offered next in 2012/13, and every second year thereafter. (0/35/0/13/0) PREREQUISITES: GEOE 238 (GEOL 238) or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 333 Terrain Evaluation W 3-1-0 4
Surficial deposits and landforms are investigated and characterized with emphasis on their recognition and their inter-relationships with, and influence on, engineering activities. Air-photo interpretation, modern remote sensing tools and spatial information systems are applied to the design of terrain-evaluation maps to solve engineering problems. (0/12/0/24/12) PREREQUISITES: APSC 151 or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 337 Paleontology F 3-1-0 4
Review of the major groups of invertebrate fossils, emphasizing morphology, taxonomy and geological significance; introduction to paleoecology and biostratigraphy; analysis of major trends and processes in organic evolution. (0/48/0/0/0) PREREQUISITE: GEOE 238 (GEOL 238)
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GEOE 340 Problems in Geological Engineering F/W 0-0-3 3
Each student investigates a problem in geological engineering that is not covered in any of the available courses, and submits a written report on the topic. This course is open to students only if a suitable faculty member is available. (0/18/0/18/0)
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GEOE 341 Special Topics in Applied Geology S 0-0-3 3
This course provides intensive coverage of a special topic in applied geology and will be offered periodically in conjunction with visiting faculty and professionals. Consult the department homepage for opportunities. (0/0/0/36/0)
PREREQUISITE: GEOE 300 (GEOL 310)
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GEOE 343 Applied Hydrogeology F 2.75-0-1 3.75
Development of the equations governing flow and transport; sensitivity to sub-surface complexities. Field instrumentation, installation and sampling protocols, elements of groundwater investigation. Assessment of measurement techniques and interpretation of fundamental hydrogeological properties. Groundwater occurrence, flow system analysis, with a focus on designing extraction schemes. During the required field activities, students investigate a groundwater problem by taking measurements to be reduced and interpreted in report form. Given jointly with GEOL 833. (0/12/0/18/15) PREREQUISITES:  Completion of 2nd year Geological Engineering or permission of instructor
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GEOE 345 Site Investigation & Geological Engineering Design W 3-1-0 4
The course provides involves a team approach to tackling current geological engineering problems and developing innovative solutions. Critical site investigation and site selection decisions are proposed, undertaken and tested with consideration of “downstream” engineering issues and constraints. The course relies on student consultation with guest participants, most of whom are practicing professional engineers. Additionaly, topics such as professional liability and ethics, environmental legislation, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act are presented and discussed. In addition, formalized design tools including FMEA, QRA will be utilized. Course includes a field exercise in modern engineering investigation methods. (0/0/12/0/36)
PREREQUISITE: Completion of 2nd-year GEOE ENG or permission of instructor
EXCLUSION: GEOE 445 (GEOL 445)
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GEOE 349 Applications of Quantitative Analysis in Geological Engineering W 3-0-.5 3.5

A course in the application of quantitative mathematical methods to solve a variety of geological engineering problems. The utility, significance, and widespread applicability of analytical and numerical techniques will be illustrated in the evaluation and solution of practical problems taken from environmental science, geology, geohydrology, and geophysics. (8/0/0/24/10)

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PREREQUISITES: APSC 142, GEOE 249 (GEOL 249), MTHE 227 (MATH 227), MTHE 226 (MATH 226) or MTHE 232 (MATH 232), MTHE 267 (STAT 267) or CHEE 209, or permission of the instructor
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GEOL 350 Sedimentary Geology Field School
An intensive two-week field school consisting of practical exercises utilizing sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and paleobiology to interpret terrigenous clastic, carbonate, and evaporite successions. Held prior to the Fall semester.  Students should consult with course instructors regarding estimated field trip costs.  (0/29/0/14/11)
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PREREQUISITES: GEOL 211, GEOL 238
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GEOE 362 Resource Engineering W 2-1.5-0 3.5
An earth-system engineering perspective on the nature and acquisition of energy, mineral and water resources, with particular emphasis on the environment considerations in their extraction, processing, and use. Criteria for designing resource exploration programmes are examined. Practical exercises, projects and seminars (team and individual) deal with these issues, and include the design of risk-management plans, environmental life-cycle assessments, sustainable systems, and ore-reserve estimations. (0/0/12/18/12)
PREREQUISITE: GEOE 221 or GEOL 211, GEOE 232 or GEOL 232, or permission of the instructor
EXCLUSION: GEOL 382
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GEOL 362 Petrology Applied to Ore Deposits
Characterization of major ore deposit types using petrological, geochemical and geophysical engineering sciences. Tectonic setting, age, rock composition, geometry, mineralogy and textures, geochemical and geophysical signatures. Metallogenic epochs and provinces. Design and evaluation of ore deposit models and exploration programs, including ore processing and environmental issues. Laboratory work integrates techniques of ore microscopy to determine paragenetic sequences, estimation of ore grade and evaluation of issues related to ore processing and site contamination. (0/9/0/31/14)
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PREREQUISITE: GEOL 235
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GEOE 365 Geochemical Characterization of the Earth W 3-1-0 4
The application of thermodynamics and kinetics to the understanding of geological processes in the Earth Sciences. Distribution of the elements, and practical uses of isotopes and elemental tracers. Geochemical actions and transactions within, and among, the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere, including the impact of human evolution and environmental geochemistry. Practical application of geochemistry to solving problems in natural systems will be emphasized. A practical involving problems, laboratory experience and field experience will be part of the course. (0/27/0/21/0) PREREQUISITES: APSC 131, GEOE 232 (GEOL 232), GEOE 235 (GEOL 235), or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 368 Carbonate Sedimentology F 3-1.5-0 4.5
The origin, composition and diagenesis of carbonate rocks. Study of modern carbonate sediments and depositional environments; development and design of facies models; petrographic and geochemical analysis of limestones and dolostones. (0/36/0/18/0) PREREQUISITES: GEOE 238 (GEOL 238) or permission of the instructor
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GEOL 382 Resource Engineering F 33-15-0 48
Characterization of major ore deposit types using petrological, geochemical and geophysical engineering sciences, including tectonic setting, age, rock composition, geometry, mineralogy and textures, geochemical and geophysical signatures of mineral deposits. Design involves evaluation of ore deposit models and exploration programs, including ore processing and environmental issues. Laboratory work integrates investigation of mineral deposit's samples to determine paragenetic sequences, estimation of ore grade and evaluation of issues related to ore processing and site contamination.(0/12/0/21/15)
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PREREQUISITE: GEOL 235 , GEOL 281 or permission of the instructor.
EXCLUSION: GEOL 362
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GEOE 402 Exploration and Mining Geology Field School (two weeks) N 0-5-0 5
A two-week, intensive field course. Design and application of field data collection methods in exploration and mining projects, and in environment site remediation. Elements of design include: surface mapping and underground surveying in mining camps, drill core logging, determination of geological properties, 3D geological projections, integration of scientific literature and mining industry reports. Production of a final report with design solutions. Offered next in Spring 2010. Students should consult with course instructors regarding field trip costs. (0/0/0/10/50)
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PREREQUISITES: GEOL 300 or GEOE 310 (GEOL 310), and GEOE 362 (GEOL 362), or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 403 Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Field School F .5-2-.5 3
Technical discussions and working tours of sites involving exposure to major geotechnical and geoenvironmental design projects in various stages of development, with a focus on mining engineering, mine waste management and civil engineering works. The key geological engineering and design issues associated with each project are examined, from preliminary engineering design through engineering control of construction through long-term monitoring and maintenance. Students evaluate current design issues and develop engineering design solutions which are presented in the form of engineering reports and presentations. Preference given to students in the G5 and G6 Options. (0/0/0/6/30)
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PREREQUISITES: GEOE 281 (GEOL 281), GEOE 310 (GEOL 310)
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GEOE 409 Applied Geophysics: Laboratory F 1-1.5-2.5 5
Local field exercises and laboratory assignments using a wide variety of geophysical site-investigation and exploration methods. Lectures will be used to teach basic instrument theory, and to teach the principles of exploration program design. The course includes a four-day field exercise to design and carry out an integrated geophysical site investigation. Evaluation is based on submitted technical reports arising from the practical assignments. Offered next in 2010/11. Students should consult with course instructors regarding estimated field trip costs.(0/0/0/18/42) PREREQUISITES: GEOE 319 (GEOL 319) or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 410 Geological Engineering Field School F 1-3-0 4
A one week intensive field course with associated discussions and project work during the term. Design and application of field data collection methods in exploration and mining projects, underground and surface mine works and for site remediation. . The key geological engineering and design issues associated with each project are examined, from preliminary engineering design through engineering control of construction through long-term monitoring and maintenance. Students evaluate current design issues and develop engineering design solutions which are presented in the form of engineering reports and presentations. (0/0/0/24/24)
PREREQUISITE: GEOE 300 (GEOL 310), GEOE 345 (GEOL 345), permission of instructor
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GEOE 413 Engineering Geology and Rock Engineering Design W 3-1-0 4
Rigorous application of geomechanics and rock engineering principles to open-ended design problems related to surface and underground excavation, construction and geo-hazard mitigation. Presentation and discussion of design methodologies and case histories are followed up by related analysis and design problems incorporating industry standard software. Emphasis on the inherent variability of geomaterials and implications for integrated site-investigation planning, quantitative risk assessment, design decision-making and performance-monitoring. A field excursion will be included. (0/0/0/12/36) PREREQUISITES: GEOE 281 (GEOL 281), GEOE 300 (GEOL 310) and GEOE 321 (GEOL 321), or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 418 Petroleum Geology W 3-1.5-0 4.5
The origin, migration and accumulation of petroleum resources, emphasizing typical reservoir styles, potential reservoir lithologies, methods of exploration and basic concepts of formation evaluation. Concepts and applications equip students with the basic principles necessary to undertake petroleum industry exploration and production. Laboratory exercises include a major exploration design problem and presentation. Offered next in 2011-2012, and every second year thereafter. (0/24/0/30/0) PREREQUISITES: GEOE 238 (GEOL 238) and GEOE 321 (GEOL 321), or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 421 Igneous Petrology W 2-1.5-0 3.5
Rock classification and tectonic associations, petrochemistry, petrogenesis, the origin and differentiation of primary magmas, plate tectonics and magmatic evolution. Phase diagrams of igneous minerals. Laboratory study of rock suites and special projects. Offered next in 2011/12, and every second year thereafter. (0/30/0/12/0)

PREREQUISITES: GEOE 235 (GEOL 235) or GEOL 335
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GEOE 422 Metallogeny and Mineral Exploration W 2-1.5-0 3.5
Integration of geological, mining and metallurgical engineering, economic, political, social and environmental issues, and application of ore deposit modeling and geophysical and geochemical exploration methods, in the design of comprehensive exploration programs for the discovery and development of Earth materials in an economic and environmentally responsible manner. Offered next in 2014/15, and every second year thereafter. (0/0/0/14/28) PREREQUISITES or COREQUISITES: GEOE 362 or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 429 Geophysical Signal Analysis and Inverse Theory W 3-0-.5 3.5
Underlying theory and guiding principles of digital geophysical data collection and processing system design. Discrete Fourier and sampling theory; filter poles and zeros, signal shaping, least-squares and prediction filters; causality implications. Applications to processing of potential field map data and waveform time series. Theory and practice of geophysical inversion culminating in the design and construction of optimized quantitative Earth models. Discrete linear problems, maximum likelihood, Lanczos decomposition, uniqueness and accuracy. Nonlinear problems from seismic imaging. (6/7/0/21/8) Offered next in 2009-2010, and every second year thereafter.
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PREREQUISITES: MTHE 338 (MATH 338) and GEOE 319 (GEOL 319), or permission of the instructor
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GEOL 431 Metamorphic Petrology
Physical and chemical principles of metamorphism and metasomatism. Metamorphic reactions, isograds, zones, and facies in relation to rock deformation, magmatism, tectonicsm, and ore genesis. Thermobarometry. Laboratory study of metamorphic rocks using the petrographic microscope.(0/14/0/19/9)
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PREREQUISITES: GEOL 235 or GEOL 335
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GEOE 439 Advanced Applied Geophysics W 3-1-.5 4.5
Advanced theory and techniques for interpretation of geophysical data. Theory and practice for seismic methods, applied to oil and gas exploration, near-surface prospecting and site investigation. Theory and practice for static potential and time-varying electromagnetic methods, as applied to near-surface prospecting and site investigation. Practical applications of the processing techniques for data acquisition and interpretation, using available software packages, and by designing and developing moduli in MATLAB. Principles of the design of geophysical surveys will be applied by students in practical design projects.  (0/18/0/18/18)
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PREREQUISITES: MTHE 227 (MATH 227), MTHE 338 (MATH 338), GEOE 319 (GEOL 319) or permission of the instructor
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GEOL 441 Deformation Mechanics and Continental Tectonics
Advanced concepts in structural geology, including the influence of effective pressure, temperature, strain rate, climate and erosion on deformation mechanisms. Topics include: ductile deformation, microstructural fabrics, grain-scale to crustal-scale strain partitioning, models of exhumation, lithosphere rheology, and orogenic styles. (0/20/0/16/0)
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PREREQUISITES: GEOL 321 or permission of the Instructor
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GEOE 445 Site Investigation and Case Histories F 3-.5-0 3.5
The course provides an overview of current geological engineering problems and innovative solutions, and relies on guest speakers, most of whom are practicing professional engineers. Topics such as professional practice and liability, engineering ethics, provincial and national environmental legislation, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act are presented and discussed. Guest lecture topics may include: buying and selling professional services, water supply management, contaminant abatement and/or remediation, management of engineering construction. Starting in Fall 2009, a one-day field exercise in engineering surveying methods will be held early in the term. (0/0/7/5/30)
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PREREQUISITES: Completion of third-year common core for GEO ENG, or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 446 Engineering Design Project I F 0-0-3 3
Student teams research, prepare a design work plan and carry out a "Phase I" engineering investigation for a major, open-ended geological engineering project, in consultation with a Management Board comprising geological engineering faculty. Work plans adhere to current national and/or provincial regulations as appropriate, and include scope definition, development of a range of technical solutions to the engineering problem, cost analyses and project scheduling tasks. Design meetings are recorded in the form of minutes submitted to the course Management Board and time sheets are submitted. Engineering project work plans are presented and defended to a committee comprising faculty and external engineers. Evaluation is based on the presentation and the team-written preliminary design report. These reports form the basis for more in depth design work in GEOE 447 in the winter. Students must register in both GEOE 446 and 447. (0/0/0/0/36) PREREQUISITES: Completion of third-year common-core for GEO ENG, or permission of staff.
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GEOE 447 Engineering Design Project II W 0-0-5 5
Student teams carry out design work, including detailed analysis, synthesis, and presentation for the open-ended engineering projects proposed and initiated in GEOE 446. Projects adhere to current national and/or provincial regulations as appropriate, and include further development of engineering solutions while controlling project schedule, budget and critical path design objectives. Data are obtained from industrial sources, government documents, engineering reports, the appropriate literature, and field studies and testing. Design projects, including methodologies, budgeting and technical components will be defended in class to a committee. Evaluation is based on two presentations and the team-written design report. Students must register in both GEOE 446 and 447. (0/0/0/0/60) PREREQUISITES: GEOE 345 (GEOL 445), GEOE 446 (GEOL 446)
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GEOE 463 Methods of Geological Data Analysis F 2-1.5-0 3.5
A broad base of digital and analog methods will be used to examine the collection, correction, and analysis of geologic data. Field data collection using GPS and handheld computers will lead to a discussion of field data semantics. Geographic Information Systems technology, and the acquisition and distribution of data across the Internet. Manipulation of air photo and remotely sensed imagery will lead to a discussion of state of the art geologic sensing systems including Radar and hyperspectral methods. The underlying theme of the labs and assignments will be the application of these techniques to resource and environmental assessment. Offered next in 2011/12, and every second year thereafter. (14/0/0/28/0)
EXCLUSION: GISC 201
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GEOE 465 Exploration Geochemistry W 2-1.5-0 3.5
Principles of geochemistry in mineral exploration, and the use of geochemistry in tracing specific paleohydrologic flow in complex, multicomponent media in systems that deposit ores. Primary and secondary dispersion and their significance in geochemical exploration. Selected case histories. Field and analytical techniques, and interpretation of geochemical data. Design of exploration programs. (0/16/0/26/0)
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PREREQUISITES: GEOL 362 or permission of instructor
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GEOE 466 Isotopes and the Environment W 3-1-0 4
This course is designed to expose advanced students in the fields of biology, chemistry, geography or geology to the principles of stable isotope and radiogenic isotope systematics in natural processes. Emphasis will be placed on the use of isotopes in tracing elemental cycles, biological cycles and hydrologic cycles and how some isotopes can be used to place constraints on the timing of specific events in these cycles. (0/48/0/0/0)
PREREQUISITE: GEOE 365 (GEOL 365)
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GEOE 478 Terrigeneous Clastic Sedimentology F 2-1.5-0 3.5
Detailed examination of depositional processes and external controls on the facies organization and sequence stratigraphy of fluvial, coastal, shelf, and deep-marine environments. Introduction to sedimentary basin types. (0/26/0/16/0)
Offered next in 2011-2012 and every second year thereafter.
PREREQUISITES: GEOE 238 (GEOL 238) or permission of the instructor
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GEOL 479 Applied Geophysics: Potential Field and Electromagnetic Methods
Advanced theory and practical considerations for static potential and time-varying electromagnetic fields as applied to near-surface prospecting and site-investigation. Implications of wide-ranging physical responses for technique selection and design, implementation, modelling and interpretation of an extended Earth system. Potential theory, rock physical properties, diffusive electromagnetic signals in the Earth, boundary-value problems, frequency and time-domain field systems, design limitations and advantages. (7/15/0/10/10)
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PREREQUISITES: MATH 227, MATH 338, GEOL 319 or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 481 Structural Analysis Applied to Resource Deposits F 2-1.5-0 3.5
Applications of the principles of rock deformation to the fabric analysis of rocks in the optimization of strategies for open-ended resource exploration, resource engineering and geotechnical engineering problems. Emphasis is on fracture, fault, and vein analysis; structures in fold and thrust belts; and studies of superposed deformation and their impact on effective and economical mineral resource development. Offered next in 2011/12, and every second year thereafter.(0/20/0/22/0)  PREREQUISITES: GEOE 321 (GEOL 321) or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 485 Environmental Aqueous Geochemistry W 3-0-0 3
Examination of rock-water interaction, and the geological controls on the chemical evolution and anthropogenic modification of surface- and ground-water, as applied to environmental problems. Application of thermodynamics, activity diagrams, and computer models in the design of assessment systems and mitigation schemes for problems of water contamination. Students evaluate, and design solutions related to, case studies in the areas of geochemical hazards to human health and the environmental impacts of mining, including acid mine drainage. (0/12/0/24/0) Offered next in 2011/12, and every second year thereafter. PREREQUISITES: GEOE 232 (GEOL 232) or permission of the instructor
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GEOE 488 Geology of North America F 3-0-0 3
An advanced course discussing the principles of earth evolution as exemplified by North America. The holistic approach illustrates the way in which integrated geodynamics, geochemistry, sedimentation, paleobiology and oceanography are used to unravel the history of the continent.(0/20/0/16/0)
COREQUISITES: Fourth Year Geological Engineering or permission of the instructors
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GEOL 489 Applied Geophysics: Seismic Methods
Characterization, processing and interpretation of exploration seismic digital data for the oil and gas, and mineral industries. Vector waves; Green functions and diffraction; attenuation, anisotropy and poroelasticity of earth materials; geometrical rays; resolution limits and survey design; processing sequence design, data optimization, depth-model building of earth systems. Theory and practice of pre and post-stack migration, limitations and advantages; examples of partially and fully processed data, consequences of different processing design decisions. (5/0/0/30/7)
~ COURSE DELETED IN 2009/10 ~

PREREQUISITES: MATH 227, MATH 338, GEOL 319 or permission of the instructor
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