RSE1010 - Natural resources engineering - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Hossein Masoumi

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


This unit provides a practical context for natural resources engineering in the global environment. Natural resource engineers improve and maintain the sustainability of the earth's resources through efficient design and application of technology. This unit identifies the extent and capacity of engineers working in the resources and renewable energy industries. Key concepts associated with the natural resources and renewable energy industries are introduced and discussed.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the global contribution of the natural resources sector to global economic and social development.
  2. Describe the current and future global energy supply and demand profile and the efficiency and sustainability of current energy sources.
  3. Identify and select clean and renewable alternatives for efficient and sustainable energy options.
  4. Describe the development and permitting requirements for a natural resources project.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Continuous assessment: 50%

Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 2 hours of practice classes and 8 hours of private study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Geological Engineering

Mining Engineering

Oil and Gas Engineering

Renewable Energy Engineering