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This course is aimed principally at students interested in civil engineering and its focus is to familiarise students with the fundamental concepts involved in soil mechanics and engineering geology. The first course in the civil engineering programme includes the importance of soil mechanics in structural design. The main emphasis is on understanding the main principles of soil mechanics through the introduction of laboratory tests commonly used to obtain the engineering properties of different types of soil such as sand and clay. Discussion of the consequences of some soil failures (such as in the case of the Tower of Pisa) is also introduced.
|First Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
The course provides an introduction to engineering geology covering topics such as the formation and classification of rocks, weathering processes, plate tectonics, aggregates, groundwater, fluvial and coastal processes and site investigation. The soil mechanics part of the course is devoted to the study of the engineering behaviour of soils. This commences with the study of the origin of soil through the introduction of soil classification and description of the phase composition of soils. Consolidation, shear strength and critical states of soils are also covered.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1x Timed Online Test (50%)
1x Coursework (50%)
Alternative Resit Arrangements
Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)
There are no assessments for this course.
|ILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.