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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5030M Soils Engineering

30 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Dr Bill Murphy

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17


SOEE5011MEng Geology and Site Inv
SOEE5040MRock Engineering & Tunnelling

This module is not approved as an Elective


To enable engineering geologists to learn the basic principles of soil mechanics and foundation engineering as practised by civil engineers.

Skills outcomes:
- critical evaluation of data;
- in depth knowledge of the basic properties of soil and their behaviour.


- Classification and properties of soils;
- Effective stress, pore pressure parameters, applications: soil testing: triaxial, shear box, ring shear, strength parameters.
- Earth pressures, active and passive.
- Soil stress; seepage and flow;
- Earth dams and embankments.
- Stability analysis;
- Flow slides, liquefaction.
- Bearing capacity;
- Types of foundation;
- Settlement of foundations.
- Earth retaining structures;
- Sheet piling, reinforced earth.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours190.00
Total Contact hours110.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparation of reports, revision. 190 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Evaluation of performance and provision of feedback after each assignment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportDesign project in weeks 15-2030.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/04/2015


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