Online Course on Geology and Geological Engineering

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Tsinghua University is offering free online course,’Geology and Engineering Geology’ to explore ways of protecting and properly utilize the earth’s resources today and in the future. This course is intended for engineering professionals and anyone with an interest in learning how to protect and continue to reshape our planet

Over eleven weeks, the course will explore the basics of geology and geological engineering. The course starts on February 22, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 11 weeks
Effort:  6 hours/week
Subject: Geology and Engineering Geology
Institution:  Tsinghua University & edX
Languages: Chinese
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes.  Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Starts on February 22, 2016

Providers Details

As China’s leading institution of advanced learning, Tsinghua is dedicated to excellence in education, research, and social services. Tsinghua has approximately 3,200 faculty members and over 35,000 students, including 3,500 international students from 108 countries. Among its 170,000 alumni are many outstanding scholars, successful entrepreneurs, and distinguished statesmen who have been playing important roles in the development of China.

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About This Course

This geology course consists of two sections: basic geology and engineering geology. The basic geology section includes: formation and evolution of the earth, common rocks and minerals, internal and external dynamic geological process, geological ages, geological structures, geological maps and other basic knowledge of the earth’s geology. The engineering geology section includes engineering geological natures of groundwater, rock and soil, stability analysis of slope, surrounding rock of underground cavern and rock foundation, geological analysis of reservoir project and some field investigation methods and techniques etc.

Geology and Geological Engineering are two of the most important basic subjects that underpin engineering specialties, such as hydraulic engineering, geotechnical engineering and geological engineering. Engineering professionals will find this course particularly interesting and useful, but anyone with an interest in learning how to protect and continue to reshape our planet is welcome to enroll!

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This course will introduce the basic knowledge of geology and methods of engineering geology to help people protect and utilize our earth more effectively.

This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. Applicants can pursue a Certificate.

Learning Outcomes

-How the development of human civilization and geology are inextricable linked
-How to protect the Earth, and also effectively utilize natural resources
-The formation and evolution of the earth
-An understanding of Geology Engineering, including natures of groundwater
-Basic knowledge of the earth’s geology
-Geological field investigation methods and techniques


-Wenjie XU
Associate Professor of the Department of Hydraulic Engineering at Tsinghua University.


-Anyone with an interest in learning how to protect and continue to reshape our planet is welcome to enroll.

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