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Module

CEG3607 : Engineering Geology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sanem Acikalin Cartigny
  • Lecturer: Dr Martin Cooke
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module aims to introduce mechanical properties of geological material (both rock and soil) and how to use geological knowledge while designing an engineering structure such as tunnels and bridges. The module covers both theory of rock and soil mechanics as well as commonly used engineering lab tests. The knowledge gained through this module can also be applied mining industry (designing open and close pit mines) as well as environmental management. A sound rock and structural geology knowledge as well as mathematics are essential for the module.

Outline Of Syllabus

Geological structures and related discontinuity
Weathering
Principles of rock mechanics
Rock quality designation (RQD) and rock mass rating (RMR)
Lab tests for defining rock quality
Principles of soil mechanics
Lab tests for defining soil quality
Environmental issues related to engineering geology.

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
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials82:0016:00Online material via Canvas
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Alternate online assessment/examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00Online design report preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Synchronous online small group tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Synchronous online workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Synchronous online drop in sessions with lecturer
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Background knowledge of rock and soil mechanics will be thought in the lectures. These lectures will include basics of the rock mass, geological structures, weathering and their relationships with each other. The background knowledge will be solidified with physical and mathematical approached to hypothetical engineering problems during workshops. Students will understand the importance of lab tests during the lectures and workshops. Most commonly used lab test will be introduced in practicals and students will carry out some of them themselves. This will give better lab, observation and interpretation skills to students.

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
Report2M60Individual design report max. 6 pages
Written exercise2M40Alternate online assessment/examination
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will test the knowledge and understanding of engineering geology.
The design report will test the ability to understand the problem, collect and interpret data, and produce a unique design solution.

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