Module Title:   Geotechnical Materials

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG1001M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   Engineering: Materials and Medical (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr M Mohamed

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To introduce basic concepts of geology with particular reference to geotechnical engineering. The students will learn about geotechnical materials (rocks and soils).

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Concepts are introduced using formal lectures. Understanding is further enhanced using the laboratory class and by site visits. Oral feedback is given during the laboratory sessions. Written assessment is in the form of a technical report covering both the laboratory and the site visits, in which the specified learning outcomes are addressed.

Lectures:   12.00          Directed Study:   64.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   8.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   16.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1 Describe basic characteristics of soils and rocks.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2. Perform at a competent level in the laboratory and in the field, including interpretation of related data.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...


  Coursework   100%
  Technical report on laboratory work and fieldwork 2000 words
  Coursework   100%
  Supplementary 2000 word essay

Outline Syllabus:
The geological time scale, rock cycle, rock types: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic, rock classification, structural geology: folds, faults, fissures, joints, strike, and dip, formation of soils: erosion, position process and ground water, basic characteristics of soils and soil classification including Atterberg limits, compaction of soils and costs associated with geomaterials. Ability to recognize different types of rock and soil in the natural environment. Understanding of the usage and importance of natural resources.

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