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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5531M Hazards, Resilience and Sustainable Engineering

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Bill Murphy

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Module replaces

SOEE5530 Advanced Engineering Geology

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

By the completion of this module students should be capable of:1. Evaluation key geological hazards affecting any given site;2. Providing, on the basis of an assessment of geological, geophysical and geomorphological processes, advice on increasing the resilience of geotechnical structures over their design life;3. Consider alternative design strategies to improve sustainable use of the ground.


1. To demonstrate techniques for the evaluation of hazard and risk within a civil engineering environment;
2. To identify, on the basis of fully developed ground models, how geotechnical design can be made more resilient to changing environmental factors.
3. To review the current state of knowledge about sustainable approaches in ground engineering.


Geological hazards; concepts of hazard and risk; landslides and landslide hazard assessment; earthquake engineering and seismic risk; engineering geology of large dams; carbon counting in engineering; earthworks and resilience for climate change; material re-use and reinforced earth; energy security and underground gas storage; engineering geological considerations for sustainable energy; geotechnical security of lifelines; education and training in managing the natural environment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning13.003.00
Private study hours97.00
Total Contact hours53.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study totalling 95 hours + 2hours in class assessment

- preparing presentations and related group work: 10 hours
- preparation of resilience and sustainability assessment report: 20 hours
- background reading and revision: 65 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback on:
- presentations related to group work;
- resilience and sustainability assessment report.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportProject Report10.00
Oral PresentationVerbal Presentation10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

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)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Examination will be held after the Easter break to allow a longer period of time for the MSc project.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/04/2015


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