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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5531M Hazards, Resilience and Sustainable Engineering

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Antonio Abellan Fernandez

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

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 of 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 of an engineering project;3. Consideration of alternative design strategies to improve sustainable use of the ground and manage risk.


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.


Problematic engineering soils and their associated ground risks; 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; aspects of energy geotechnics within the framework of geohazards; engineering geological considerations for sustainable energy; geotechnical security of lifelines and challenges of infrastructure engineering; education and training in managing the natural environment.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning62.0012.00
Private study hours102.00
Total Contact hours48.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study totalling 100 hours + 2 hours in class assessment

- preparing presentations and related group work: 12 hours
- preparation of risk assessment report: 20 hours
- background reading and revision: 68 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback on:

- presentations related to group work;
- risk assessment exercise relevant to energy security.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportRisk assessment report10.00
Oral PresentationVerbal Presentation10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Re-sit is by an examination of 2 hours duration.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Re-sit is by an examination of 2 hours duration.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/02/2018


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