Postgraduate

CEG8211 : Ground Engineering Practice and Professional Skills

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims of this module are:
(i)       To, through an industrially led seminar series, expose the students to a wide variety of engineering geology and geotechnical case studies
(ii)       To enable students to gain experience of undertaking a substantial individual project which addresses a problem defined through liaison with a client, and which is executed within fixed time and resource constraints.
(iii)       To enable students to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of a relevant engineering or construction related discipline.
(iv)       To enable students to develop and extend their research and problem solving skills in a relevant environmental or construction related discipline
(v)       To enable students to gain experience of peer-reviewing a substantial report in a critical and supportive fashion.

(vi)       To enable students to gain confidence in their ability to complete an individual investigation and to report their findings and interpretations to others.

Outline Of Syllabus

In semester 1, a suite of industrial seminars based on current ground engineering case studies will expose the students to a range of thematic areas within the discipline.
In semester 2, a design project will be launched through a charrette-style event and will be further supported by academic small group tutorials and lectures. The students will submit their design methodology and solutions in a report format. The design solutions developed will be showcased at a conference via poster presentations.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00Seminar series case studies
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion16:006:00Seminar case study preparation and write up
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Reading for case study
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Interim presentation preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Conference Preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Tutorials to develop design problem and discuss approach to solution
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching120:0020:00Tutorial - Design brief development
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops36:0018:00Workshops to develop design problem
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00Research and reading for design solution
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Report preparation time
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Exposure to a wide variety of case studies is achieved through industry led seminar series lectures. Workshops and design consultancy feedback meetings and lead the way in the development of a design solution to a client-led problem

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster2M85Poster session based on workshops and report to present approach and outcomes of design calculations (industry assisted assessment)
Report1M15Provide feedback on design methodology to date and feed forward for design solution.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Case studyMWrite up of a case study from the seminar series to be determined by the Module Team
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Firstly, a seminar series of case study will expose the student to existing design solutions and approaches. A seminar will be selected for assessment; submission will be via an online pro-forma to check engagement and understanding.

The interim presentations in semester 2 will provide feedback on their progress to-date in identifying the design problem and feed-forward support and guidance to be used in the final report and conference. A report detailing their approach to defining the problem and their decision process to selecting a solution will to be submitted prior to the conference. The conference event is to comprise poster presentations and face-to-face discussions with representatives from industry who will partake in marking.

Reading Lists

Timetable