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EA40JE: GEOTECHNICS 2 (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:32

Course Overview

It aims to equip students with the main concepts of foundation design where the concepts of pile foundations, retaining walls and slope stability are explored.  The course gives a student adequate tools to understand the design approaches associated with different types of soil.  Geotechnical standard code, Eurocode 7 is introduced and discussed.  In addition principles of ground water flow and the main problems related to its sustainable management are discussed.  This course aims for a student to reach an adequate level in soil mechanics and foundation engineering as the basis for the training of a professional civil or structural engineer.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ana Ivanovic

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either EA3027 Geotechnics 1 (Passed) or EG3027 Geotechnics 1 (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of BSc Engineering (Civil) (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering (Civil) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Structural) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil and Structural Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Eng with Subsea Technology (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Civil and Environmental) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with Management (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course applies the principles of soil and rock mechanics gained in the pre-requisite course to the design of piles and piled foundations, earth pressure and retaining walls, stability of slopes and the design of open excavations. The course examines in particular groundwater and its influence on geotechnical problems. States of stress and strain in soils are also examined in detail including the concepts of stress paths and invariants and the three dimensional critical state model.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (90%) and continuous assessment (10%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the weekly tutorial/feedback sessions. A class feedback will be given on a mini SCEF forms run half way throughout the course.

Course Learning Outcomes


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