May 23, 2019  
2018-2019 Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar 
2018-2019 Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Calendar
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APSC 151 Engineering Geology and the Biosphere F | 3.3

Lecture: 2.8
Lab: 0.5
Tutorial: 0
This course provides an introduction to the complex Earth System (the solid earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere) and our interactions with it. The science behind our exploration and understanding of our planet and its ongoing evolution is explored in combination with the engineering geology of geo-materials, geo-resources, geo-dynamics and geo-risk. The connection between the Earth System and human activity is explored in depth, including local and global-scale impacts of engineering works, geopolitics, and resource issues. Examples of the terrestrial sources of geo-materials used in engineering activities are highlighted along with the technical, social, economic and environmental challenges associated with their life cycle. The evolution and complexities of the biosphere are introduced (at the component and system scale) as well as examples of key sensitivities and threats including contamination, biodiversity loss and climate change.

Academic Units:
Mathematics 0
Natural Sciences 17
Complementary Studies 8
Engineering Science 15
Engineering Design 0

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