Core Module Information
Module title: Soil Mechanics

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR08110
Module leader: Vicky Dimitriadi
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

Unit 1: Introduction (to geotechnical engineering and soil mechanics
Unit 2: Soil description and classification
Unit 3: Soil & physical properties
Unit 4: Water and permeability in soils
Unit 5: Seepage in soils
Unit 6: Stress states in the ground – effective stress
Unit 7: Compression of soils
Unit 8: Consolidation
Unit 9: Shear strength (direct shear)
Unit 10: Shear strength (triaxial testing)

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Describe and classify soil types from physical characteristics.
LO2: Determine quantitative characteristics of soils
LO3: Recognise the impact of water in soil and determine the rate at which it can flow through the ground and into working spaces and hence the importance of a safe working environment at depth in the ground.
LO4: Understand the significance of effective stress in the ground and calculate effective stress distributions.
LO5: Process and interpret compression test data to determine the volumetric/hydraulic response of a soil to loading and the influence of bearing pressure on design option choices, e.g. vertical drains to accelerate settlement.
LO6: Process and interpret laboratory strength test data to manage the DESIGN solution in relation to measured soil strength and present findings in professional style of report.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Vicky Dimitriadi
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Each face-to-face activity (lecture and tutorials) uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, pre-recorded lecture presentations, case analysis to develop student engagement. Directed study focuses on development of the concepts covered in the reading materials. You will also spend some time in the laboratory to learn to identify soils and rock samples and become familiar with geotechnical test equipment. You will take part in developmental work to better understand your personal communication skills and attributes and how to develop them to increase your employability.
You are encouraged to consider reports as important communication tools between engineer and client and/or testing house, hence must be professional in their form and content and ethical in their recommendations.
You are encouraged to underpin your learning with relevant research, especially in the context of assessments. A variety of research departure points/links are provided on moodle pages.
Professional threads (DESIGN, HEALTH & SAFETY, PROFESSIONALISM & ETHICS as set out in both Learning Objectives and here (Learning & Teaching methods) above.

Formative Assessment:
Formative and summative assessment is carried out through the coursework (LO1-LO3), end of module examination (LO1-LO4).

Tutorial sessions where individual comments/feedback are also provided. These are a good opportunity for students to practice and experience what is expected from them.

A mock examination is provided close to the end of the module. Students get general feedback and may obtain individual (oral) comments upon request.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is carried out through the coursework (LO1-LO3) and end of module examination (LO1-LO4).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 26
Face To Face Tutorial 26
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 136
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1,2,3 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CTR08110: Soil Mechanics