Core Module Information
Module title: Foundation Analysis and Design

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR09132
Module leader: Daniel Barreto Gonzalez
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment

Knowledge of soil mechanics and associated calculations (to 2nd year university level)

Description of module content:

Unit 1: Introduction (to geotechnical engineering, analysis, safety and serviceability)
Unit 2: Site investigation
Unit 3: Laboratory and in-situ testing
Unit 4: Elasticity theory and settlement in clays
Unit 5: Settlement in sands
Unit 6: Bearing capacity of shallow foundations
Unit 7: Piles under static (vertical) loads
Unit 8: Piles under static (lateral) loads
Unit 9: Energy geostructures
Unit 10: Ground improvement

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Based on existing data, formulate and document a professional ground investigation report.
LO2: Estimate the settlement soils under shallow foundations on fine- and coarse-grained soils.
LO3: Calculate the bearing capacity of shallow and deep foundations.
LO4: Demonstrate your ability to design sustainable foundation designs and ground improvement
methods for civil engineering projects

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Daniel Barreto Gonzalez
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Formal lectures, practical sessions and online activities are used to deliver content and offer face to face
support. Directed study tasks encourage integration of key reading material (LO1-LO4). Class tutorials
are provided to encourage problem solving and application of concepts and principles.
Students take part in work to improve their
communication and transferable skills and receive detailed feedback of formative assessment to enhance
their professionalism in the presentation of ground investigation reports.
Relevant research findings are delivered within the module. Additionally,
the students must develop information retrieval skills and critical analysis skills for the successful
completion of the coursework. Students are encouraged to underpin learning with relevant research and
support their conclusions with rigorous evidence.
Supporting equality and diversity : Module materials use a mix of examples from different cultural
backgrounds to ensure that diversity is effectively dealt with.
Professional threads: Design, sustainability and professionalism are embedded in both
the learning outcomes and the assessment methods.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is provided across the module in the form of oral/written feedback of a ground
investigation report submission, also during tutorials, practical sessions, and on the basis of typical "mock"
exam questions shown during lectures.

Summative Assessment:
The final exam is entirely summative. Furthermore the exams, coursework and reports are learning
activities on their own, which also provide the students with additional transferable skills such as team
working, time management and reporting skills.The coursework is specifically design to assess LO1,
whilst the final exam directly assess the other Los (LO2-LO4

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Other Work based learning 100
Independent Learning Guided independent study 82
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 5 1 4 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Report 20 2-5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Report 5 1 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 70 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Foundation Analysis and Design