CEG1201 : Geotechnical Properties of Soils and Rocks

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to introduce:
1 - The fundamental concepts and principles of soil and rock formation.
2 - The relevance of soil and rock materials to civil engineering.
3 - The relevance of geological processes to civil engineering.
4 - Techniques for the identification and classification of soils and rock.

This module will provide an introduction to geology and the properties of soils and rocks of relevance to civil engineering. It will discuss geotechnical failures and disasters and introduce geotechnical structures. Students will perform laboratory and field practicals in soil and rock description.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Geology.
Properties of soils and rocks and their relevance to Civil Engineering.
Geotechnical failures and disasters.
Introduction to geotechnical structures.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:3011:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Blackboard-based sessions based on the results of laboratory and field class exercises.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study134:3034:30Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Fundamental principles and concepts are delivered in lectures and reinforced through tutorial sessions. Practical skills are developed through demonstration and practice in practical, laboratory and field classes

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A70Unseen
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M30Blackboard-based assessment based on the results of Laboratory and Field Exercises.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam covers the knowledge outcomes relating to the fundamental concepts and processes of soil and rock formation, the relevance of geology and geological processes in civil engineering, the identification of basic engineering properties and behaviour of rock and soil and the identification of key geotechnical structures. Other assessment will consist of Blackboard-based assessment based on the results of a laboratory and a field practical class.

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