2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
CIVE5975M Foundation Engineering (MSc)
15 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Professor Barry Clarke
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
Pre-requisite qualificationsSatisfactory completion of undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering or an equivalent qualification
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe module will build on a basic understanding of the behaviour of soil to cover the range of foundations available for structures, including shallow foundations such as strip, pad and raft foundations, deep foundations such as caissons, shafts and piles; and composite foundations such as piled rafts and ground improvement. It will cover the approach to design, analysis and construction of foundations. Soil improvement will be covered. Assessment is by a three hour open book examination and a project.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module the students should have a knowledge of the range of foundations available for construction, their analysis, construction and performance and be able to select the appropriate foundation for a particular situation.
On completion of the module students will have:
1. A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology of foundations for structures, their performances during construction and in service;
2. A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of scientific principles of geotechnical hazards and how they affect design decisions for temporary and permanent works for foundations.
3. Ability to extract and evaluate pertinent data and to apply engineering analysis techniques in the solution of unfamiliar problems
4. Ability both to apply appropriate engineering analysis methods for solving complex foundation problems and to assess their limitations
5. Knowledge, understanding and skills to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design adjusting where appropriate
6. Apply advanced problem-solving skills, technical knowledge and understanding, to establish rigorous and creative solutions for oundations
7. Ability to work with technical uncertainty.
8. Monitor and adjust a personal programme of work on an on-going basis
This module contributes to the AHEP3 learning outcomes LOi, LOiv, LOvi, LOvii, LOviii, LOix, LOxiv, LOxv, LOxx, LOxxii.
- An ability to identify geotechnical hazards and assess the risk of them occurring;
- An ability to assess the forces acting on a foundation and the response of the soil to those forces.
- An ability to produce engineering solutions to foundation problems.
Review of the behaviour of granular and cohesive soil, drained and
undrained loading, consolidation and compression characteristics.
The design process covering methods to deal with uncertainty, design
and load combinations, assumptions, the design procedure and
Actions on and analysis (ultimate limit state and serviceability limit
o Shallow foundations - pad, strip and raft
o Deep foundations – caissons, shafts and piles
o Composite foundation – piled rafts, basements and ground
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||3.00||3.00|
|Private study hours||108.00|
|Total Contact hours||42.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyThe assignment for this course is to design a foundation for a structure. Students are required to produce the ground model and undertake analysis to determine the overall stability, the local stability and deformation of the structure. The assignment will be carried out in two parts; the first part, formative exercise, covers the an assessment of geotechnical hazards, creation of the ground model, a summary of the assumptions and approach to the design and the design of shallow foundations; the second part is the report of the complete foundation design and that is assessed. This exercise will be used by students to assemble a portfolio of material to support them in the exam and ensure that they have covered the topics that could be examined.
Opportunities for Formative Feedback Short, weekly on line tests are used by students to assess their understanding of basic principles which they should be familiar
A mock exam is held at the end of the semester to prepare students for an open book exam
The coursework includes a formative exercise to help students understand what is expected of them
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Report||Project Report on Foundation Design||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||30.00|
Resit: 100% online time-limited assessment. There will also be a piece of formative coursework (i.e. it does not count towards the final grading) - a report on assumptions. This is a compulsory element.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||5 hr 00 mins||70.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||70.00|
Resit 100% Exam.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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