Level of study Second Year
Credit value 20
Semester 1 & 2
Pre-requisite modules None
Other pre-requisites None
This module offers the students their first contact with engineering geology and soil mechanics on the civil engineering degree programmes.
In Semester 1, the module introduces the subjects of engineering geology, rock strength and mass strength, physical properties and description of soils, stresses in soil, water flow in soils (including groundwater control), compaction and shear strength of soils.
In Semester 2, the topics covered are compression and consolidation of soils, lateral earth pressures and stability of slopes. This means that this module covers the basics required to understand the behaviour of soils (soil mechanics) and also introduces some applications of these into practical geotechnical designs.