CEG8209 : Engineering and Applied Geology

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aims of this module are:-

1. to introduce students to geological hazards and the description of geological materials in relation to the extractive and construction industries.
2. to enable students to apply their knowledge to a practical problem.
3. to introduce the concepts and principles underlying the stability of rock structures
4. to introduce the techniques for analysis, design and stabilisation of rock structures

Module Summary:

This module develops a student's knowledge of geomaterials, their form and existence in the context of engineering applications in the extractive and construction industries. The focus is on geological hazards, geological maps, characteristic properties of geological materials as a resource and as a construction material and the role of groundwater in construction. Particular attention is assessment paid to the analysis and design of engineered rock structures.

Outline Of Syllabus

* lectures and practicals on aggregates (hard rock and unconsolidated), supported by site visits.
* lectures and tutorials on engineering properties of rock; stability of rock slopes and remedial measures; rock support; support of underground openings.
* lectures on excavation techniques, reserve estimation and geohazards in excavation.
* Field mapping and description of rocks, soils and groundwater features, relating to past industrial activity.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture123:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Lab exercise
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion360:3018:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Group report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical24:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork54:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study188:0088:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is taught as a block to allow part time and full time students and CPD delegates to attend. This is a module which focuses on practical applications. The module includes lectures to explain the theory, small group teaching activities to explain the practice and practicals. Fieldwork is included to help prepare for the assessment and to practice skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60Unseen written examination.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M30Ward's Hill Field Exercise(Group exercise - 2000 word equivalent per person, approx. 20 pgs).
Practical/lab report2M10Calculations from lab exercises (approx. 4 pages including calculations)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam addresses the learning outcomes relating to understanding the engineering properties and behaviour of rock, understanding and interpreting types of failures of rock structures, understanding techniques for stabilising rock structures, evaluating and analysing some types of failures in rock structure (before and after remediation).

The laboratory practical assesses the engineering properties of geomaterials and the applicability of rock testing to engineering and the constructive/extractive industries.

The case study assessment is intended to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of geomaterials and hazards and the impact they have upon the construction and extractive industries.

Each group of students will undertake a field mapping exercise and desk study to ascertain the geological and topographical features that will have impact on major excavation. This will lead to an approximate twenty page report including maps, cross-sections and figures. A typical group will comprise 4 students.

Reading Lists