2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE5030M Soils Engineering
30 creditsClass Size: 45
Module manager: Professor Doug Stewart
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2023/24
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesTo enable engineering geologists to learn the basic principles of soil mechanics and foundation engineering as practiced by civil engineers.
- 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
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
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||217.00|
|Total Contact hours||77.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||294.00|
Private studyPreparation of reports, revision.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackEvaluation of performance and provision of feedback after each assignment (both formative and summative).
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Report||Three laboratory exercises in first term submitted as a group report||10.00|
|Case Study||Slope Analysis: Individual write-up of a case study submitted in second term||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||30.00|
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.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||3 hr 00 mins||70.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||70.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 29/11/2023
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