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EA40JE: GEOTECHNICS 2 (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 Aug 2021 09:31


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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Ana Ivanovic

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

  • 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)
  • Either EA3027 Geotechnics 1 (Passed) or EG3027 Geotechnics 1 (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 9 - 19
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9 - 19
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 19

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt

1x Online Open-Book Exam (100%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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