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ES3B6 - Geotechnical Engineering

  • Module code: ES3B6
  • Module name: Geotechnical Engineering
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

All Civil Engineers require a sound understanding of geotechnical engineering. This module gives a basic geological knowledge base and introduces a number of fundamental principles and key applications appropriate to the level of the module and the framework of the Warwick courses.

Principal learning outcomes

By the By the end of the module the student should be able to.... • Identify the importance and role of geotechnical engineering within the Civil Engineering profession. • Construct and interpret geological maps, extending their skills of graphical and spatial interpretation. • Compare a range of soil and rock types, adopting professionally recognised systems for categorisation and description. • Apply the Principle of Effective Stress to a range of typical geotechnical problems in order to predict the ground response under different conditions of loading, soil type and groundwater states. • Select appropriate tests and strength criteria for rocks and soils. Use these to predict their behaviour under loading. Explain the processes active within these materials when loaded. • Analyse problems of enclosed and open groundwater seepage to predict the performance of structures and associated risks. • Analyse problems of instability in soil and rock slopes to predict their performance and associated risks. • Design simple earth retaining structures • Assess the type of foundation required and design in terms of bearing capacity and settlement. • Communicate in a professional and scientific manner. • Apply numerical skills to the solution of geotechnical engineering problems.

Timetabled teaching activities

45 hrs lectures, 15 hours of examples classes, 32 hrs of residential fieldwork, 3 hr laboratory Total 95 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year3/es3b6

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples). Students must pass both Exam and Coursework

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: ES3B6-30)
C1 (Assessed/examined work) Factual Site Investigation Report 15%
  Interpretative Site Investigation Report 20%
  Geological Map Exercise 15%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • BEng Civil Engineering (H210) - Year 3
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H211) - Year 3
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Year in Research (H213) - Year 3
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Year in Research (H213) - Year 4
Optional Core
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Intercalated Year (H212) - Year 3
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Intercalated Year (H212) - Year 4
Optional
  • BEng Engineering (H106) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 4
  • BSc Engineering (H112) - Year 3