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CEG2201 : Geotechnics

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


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.

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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:304:30Open book Blackboard assessment.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:306:30Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical73:0021:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A70Unseen
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M30Open book Blackboard assessment based on results of laboratory exercises and theoretical questions.
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 Blackboard-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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