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ENG2016 : Geotechnics

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sadegh Nadimi
  • Lecturer: Dr Mohamed Rouainia
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to introduce:
1.       The fundamental concepts and principles of soil mechanics
2.       The engineering properties of soil and their relationship with Geotechnical design.
3.       Techniques for the identification and classification of soils
4.       The role of Geotechnical Engineering in Civil Engineering Construction.

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 description.

Outline Of Syllabus

The origin of soils and the relationship to their basic properties. 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; Laboratory testing of soils.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00PiP and recorded videos
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Open book examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion51:005:00Open book Canvas quizzes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion141:0014:00Revision for exam.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical72:0014:00PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials - online sync
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork15:005:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students undertake lectures and tutorials 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. Practical skills will be developed through laboratory (practical) and field classes which 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 Examination1201A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M50Open book Canvas assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam covers the knowledge outcomes relating to the fundamental concept of engineering soil properties. 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 is based on the results of laboratory exercises and field practical class to allow students to demonstrate their ability to select important geotechnical design parameters.

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