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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE5030M Soils Engineering

30 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Prof Barry Clarke

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

Year running 2021/22


SOEE5045MRock Engineering

This module is not approved as an Elective


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.


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
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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
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

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.

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: 30/06/2021 16:25:49


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