CEG8207 : Field Class

Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
Semester 3 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide an understanding of Engineering Geology Field techniques and their relationship to the construction process. To apply geological techniques to pre-construction site assessment and forensic analysis of geohazards.

This module comprises a residential field trip (typically to the Alpes de Haute Provence in the South of France). During the trip a series of Engineering Geological exercises are carried out by the students to teach various field skills, assessment and analysis techniques.

Please note that students are required to contribute to the cost of their travel and accommodation on the field trip. Transport in the field is provided by the School and every effort is made to minimise other costs. Typically the student contribution is less than £500.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module is comprised of a series of field exercises designed to expose students to a variety of environments and engineering applications. Hands-on engineering geology field based site appraisal techniques (different techniques appropriate to different sites), pre-construction reporting and initial analysis of recorded data are taught to and practised by the students and related back to theory taught in previous modules.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture10:300:30Oral Assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Preparation for Oral Assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork88:0064:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study123:3023:30Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Field based work will be used to make assessments of site(s) using engineering geology field techniques. Private (independent) study time will be used to collate and interpret field data in order to complete exercises required for assessment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination303M100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Individual oral assessment will allow the examiners to very quickly determine the depth of knowledge and understanding that the students hold and more importantly their understanding of and abilities in the field skills which are key to the module and the courses to which it belongs. To these ends the oral assessment will involve small practical tests as well as discussion of the student's field notes and interpretive exercises (stability assessments, mapping exercises etc.) that students will be required to bring to the assessment in order to assess their site appraisal techniques including the collection, analysis and interpretation of data in the context of the relationship between geology and the construction process.

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