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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5030M Soils Engineering

30 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Prof Barry Clarke
Email: B.G.Clarke@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Co-requisites

SOEE5045MRock Engineering

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

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

Skills outcomes:

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

Syllabus

Classification and mechanical properties of soils
Soil stress: effective and total stress, pore pressure parameters
Soil testing: triaxial, shear box, PSD, consistency limits, consolidation, permeability
Earth pressures, active and passive
Seepage and flow
Consolidation
Earth dams and embankments
Stability analysis
Bearing capacity
Types of foundation
Bearing capacity; shallow and deep foundations
Settlement of foundations
Earth retaining structures; gravity and cantilever retaining walls, diaphragm and secant pile walls, sheet piling, reinforced earth

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
Lecture222.0044.00
Practical103.0030.00
Tutorial33.009.00
Private study hours217.00
Total Contact hours83.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparation of reports, revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Evaluation of performance and provision of feedback after each assignment (both formative and summative).

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
ReportThree laboratory exercises in first term submitted as a group report10.00
Case StudySlope Analysis: Individual write-up of a case study submitted in second term20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

Re-sit is by examination only.


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

Re-sit is by examination only.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:46:35

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