CEG3607 : Engineering Geology

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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
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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Design coursework
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:3036:30Background reading and revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Unseen written exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00Geotechnical lab classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00Numerical analysis classes
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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A40N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M60Individual design report max. 6 pages
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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