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 Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Civil and Transportation


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Marina Miranda Manzanares
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes) (NB. No longer restricted in terms of characters)
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
LO1-LO4 Each face-to-face activity (lecture and tutorials) uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion and group participation, case analysis to develop student engagement. Directed study focuses on development of the concepts covered in the reading materials. Students will also spend some time in the laboratory becoming familiar with the use of soils and rock samples, geotechnical equipment and soil testing.
Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
LO1-LO4 Students take part in developmental exercises so as to better understand their personal skills and attributes and how to develop them to increase their employability. Their PDP is considered an integral part of this development as they are encouraged to reflect on what they have learned in the module and apply it to their personal situation.
Research / teaching linkages
At several points during the module the students are introduced to relevant research to underpin their learning. Students are also expected to undertake personal research for the assessments, which builds their research skills.
Supporting equality and diversity
Module materials use a mix of examples from different cultural backgrounds to ensure that diversity is effectively dealt with. The module is taken by students from a wide variety of programmes - the module materials recognise this diversity.

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 133
Total Study Hours197
Expected Total Study Hours for Module197

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 Digital Examination 70 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module presents the basics of soils mechanics: including soil permeability, soil compaction, phase relationships, assessment of total and effective stresses, shear strength and consolidation characteristics of soils.
In addition, a brief introduction to engineering geology is included covering: origin and evolution of the Earth’s crust, the occurrence and classification of the common rocks and minerals, the processes of landscape formation; geology and water supply, the origins, exploitation and assessment of construction materials.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Assess the fundamental behaviour of soils and relate behaviour to soil properties through identification of phase relations
LO2: Comprehend the importance of groundwater in soils and estimate its influence on the total and effective stresses in soils
LO3: Assess the shear strength and consolidation characteristics of soils based on data obtained from laboratory experimentsLO4: Interpret the process involved in landscape formation and development and their influence on engineering practice
LO5: LO6:

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