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Module

CEG2201 : Geotechnics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sadegh Nadimi
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This modules aims to introduce:
1. The role of Geotechnical Engineering in Civil Engineering Construction.
2. The engineering properties of soil and their relationship with Geotechnical design.
3. The awareness of the different methods of analysis in Geotechnical Engineering.

Summary:
This module will provide an introduction to the engineering properties of soils and their relevance to geotechnical design. Students will perform laboratory practicals in soil testing.

Outline Of Syllabus

The role of geotechnical engineering and relevance of engineering soil parameters to geotechnical design; total and effective stress; pore pressure; geostatic stresses; stress-strain characteristics; shear strength; seepage; flow nets; primary consolidation. Teaching of Geotechnics is supported by laboratory testing of soils.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Combination of formative and summative online in-course assessments (CANVAS quizzes) and final Exam
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Non-synchronous – recorded presentation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching21:303:00Present in Person - Tutorials
Guided Independent StudySkills practice151:0015:00Practical skills to process, analyze and interpret data from laboratory tests
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00Online discussion forum
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study133:3033:30Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time90:304:30Synchronous Online Tutorials – via Zoom, Teams, etc.
Guided Independent StudyDistance Learning Advance Preparation21:002:00Introduction to the module structure and delivery approach
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students undertake lectures in Semester 1, with several problem-solving small group teaching activities in order to gain an understanding of the basic soil properties and their behaviour and use in construction. Laboratory (practical) classes will be held to allow students to gain practice in the determination of engineering properties of soils.

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
Computer assessment1M50Open book CANVAS quizzes.
Computer assessment1M50Online Multiple Choice, Numerical and Drawing Exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam is designed to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of soil behaviour and use in construction, and the use of geotechnical design parameters in simple geotechnical design calculations. The CANVAS-based assessment will be based on the results of laboratory exercises to allow students to demonstrate their ability to select important geotechnical design parameters. The coursework requires the students to work in teams.

Study Abroad students may choose to take an alternative assessment in December which will be in the form of an exam paper.

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