ENG07018 2019 Geotechnical Engineering 302H

General Details

Full Title
Geotechnical Engineering 302H
Transcript Title
Geotechnical Engineering 302H
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Patrick Naughton
Programme Membership
SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVL_K08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering (Add-on)

This module looks at geology, the formation of soils, soil classification and site investigations.

This module is designed to be delivered over 8 teaching weeks to facilitate students going on work placement. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the composition of the earth, classify and identify the different types of soils and rocks and describe their formation.


Describe the engineering significance of the weathering process, folds, faults and joints in rock.


Classify soils based on phase relationships, particle size distribution and Atterberg limits.


Create a specification for, and evaluate the findings of, a site investigations.


Use standard engineering laboratory equipment to perform experiments in teams, observe and record data and experimental evidence.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered to full‑time learners through a mix of formal lectures and practical classes.  

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 40% continuous assessment, consisting of individual practical write‑ups, and 60% final examination at the end of the semester.  

Repeat Assessments

Where a learner fails the continuous assessment element of the module they will be required to resubmit the practical reports for assessment at the repeat examination session.

Learners who fail the end of module terminal examination will have the opportunity to resit the examination during the repeat examination session.

Indicative Syllabus

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Identification and classification; soil properties; phase relationships; index properties; soil compaction; associated laboratory and field tests.

  2. Site investigation; desk study; boreholes; geophysical methods; report preparation

  3. Principles and methods of site examination; soil sampling; boreholes and trial pit logs; geophysical methods.

  4. Rock; main types; classification; geological structures; geological maps and sections

  5. Behaviour of main rock types; rock strength; types of strength test; permeability; groundwater

  6. Rock mass strength; classification; behaviour of rock masses; discontinuity analysis

  7. Stability of rock slopes; types of failure; effect of water; case studies; slope stabilization

  8. Excavation in rock; excavation methods; tunnelling; rock tunnel support systems

Indicative Practicals/Projects

  1. Site investigation desk studies and specification of site investigations

  2. Identification and classification tests for soils

  3. Case studies

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Evaluation Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 40 % OnGoing 3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Practical 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Independent learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Online Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Laboratory practical 15 Once Per Module 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Knappett, J., Craig, R.F. Craig's Soil Mechanics CRC Press 2012

Barnes, G. Soil Mechanics Princples and practice, Palgrave, 2016

Powrie, W. Soil Mechanics Concepts & Applications Third Edition CRC Press 2013

Smith, I. Elements of Soil Mechanics 9th Edition 2014

Whitlow, R Basic Soil Mechanics Prentice Hall 2001

Bell, F.G. Engineering Geology Butterworth‑Heinemann 2007

Parriaux, A. Geology, Basics for Engineers, CRC Press, 2009  

Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources


Additional Information