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Module

ENG2016 : Geotechnics

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mohamed Rouainia
  • Lecturer: Dr Yilin Gui
  • 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 origin of rocks and soils and the relationship to their basic properties.
2. The role of Geotechnical Engineering in Civil Engineering Construction.
3. The engineering properties of soil and their relationship with Geotechnical design.
4. The awareness of the different methods of analysis in Geotechnical Engineering.

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

Outline Of Syllabus

The origin of rocks and 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 rock and soils.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00open book examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Open book Canvas assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:3015:00Revision for exam.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical72:0014:00N/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
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students undertake lectures in Semester 2, 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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50Open book examination.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M50Open book Canvas assessment
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.

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