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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5195M Engineering Geology

15 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Mark Thomas
Email: m.e.thomas@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

SOEE3135Engineering Geology

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Engineering Geology is the largest employment field for professional geoscientists and is a subject that bridges the fields of geology, engineering, geomorphology, structural geology, geophysics, geomechanics, and geochemistry. The module considers all of the above, but the most important role of an engineering geologist is identifying conceptual ground behaviour, potential hazards and adverse geological conditions through the studying of landforms and ground processes. Students will learn the role of an engineering geologist through both taught material and practical exercises and understand their importance in mitigating the potential hazards of ground-structure interaction.

Objectives

To introduce students to the different components of Engineering Geology as outlined above.

Learning outcomes
After taking this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding, including the application of original ideas, in:

- The significance and importance of different rock and soil types, and their characteristics in engineering construction and design
- The basis for strength and other index properties of both intact rock, rock masses, single discontinuities and soil
- An appreciation of the importance of discontinuities and their characteristics

2. Apply their knowledge and understanding, demonstrating problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments often within a multidisciplinary framework, to:

- Undertake geotechnical assessments
- Undertake preliminary design of a Site Investigation
- Provide an engineering description of rocks and soils
- Analyse slopes for stability

3. Demonstrate an ability to make judgments through integrating complex, sometimes incomplete data that allows:

- Recognising and understanding slope instability in soils and rocks
- Recognising and understanding potential hazards related to earthquakes including an appreciation of the geotechnical considerations required to reduce the earthquake risk to structures and exhibit an aptitude in communicating conclusions drawn from the underpinning knowledge, including dissemination to non-specialist audiences that will allow the presentation of remedial measures to engineering geology problems.


Syllabus

Lectures: Introduction to Engineering Geology; Ground Investigation; The Strength of Rocks; The Strength of Joints and Rock masses; Rock Slope Instability; Landslide types and Processes and Earthquake Engineering.

Practicals (Held within lectures): Site investigation; Mohr Circles; Introduction to Stereonets for Assessing Slope Stability, Limit Equilibrium Methods for Assessing Slope Stability.

Tutorials: Held to support the self-directed learning required to complete the assessed essay. Two tutorial sessions will be held during the course, and will be used discuss and further develop your research into the assigned topic of the assessed essay.

3 day workshop/field trip working on the above and foundation design. This workshop will run at some point during the Easter vacation (Weeks E1 – E4). It is not possible to confirm the exact date at the time of module selection so it is the student’s responsibility to confirm the date of the workshop before making any other commitments during the Easter vacation.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Workshop37.0021.00
Lecture83.0024.00
Tutorial21.002.00
Private study hours103.00
Total Contact hours47.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will be expected to undertake 105 hours of private study to supplement the lecture material. There will be weekly recommended reading presented at the end of lectures; this is required as the diverse nature of the module precludes covering all topics in a detail commensurate with a level 5 module.

In particular the private study and independent learning will inform some of the required knowledge required during the workshop. Private study and independent learning will form the sole basis for gaining an understanding of and finding data on the topic of the assessed essay (supported by the tutorial sessions), and will be required to fully answer an essay type question on the exam on a highlighted topic that will have only a basic introduction during the lectures.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via a series of formative in-class practicals held within several of the lectures.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectGroup reports produced during 3 day workshop/fieldtrip25.00
Essay1,000 word essay on a current issue in Engineering Geology25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally 1st attempt resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the original attempt, unless otherwise stated. 2nd attempt resits for this module are normally by unseen examination only.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam48 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

SOEE3135 will share the same exam schedule and parts of the same paper.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:25:49

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