Core Module Information
Module title: Transportation Geotechnics and Geoenvironmental Engineering in Practice

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

Module code: CTR10131
Module leader: Daniel Barreto Gonzalez
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment

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Description of module content:

- Earth pressures
(i) Active and passive pressures (Rankine theory)
(ii) Earth pressures with apparent cohesion
(iii) Groundwater effects
(iv) Coulomb’s theory
- Retaining walls
(i) Gravity walls – BS and EC7 design
(ii) Embedded walls - BS and EC7 design
(iii) Reinforced earth retaining walls
- Slope stability
(i) Total stress analysis
(ii) Effective stress analysis
(iii) Stabilisation methods and ground improvement
- Geo environmental engineering
(i) Contaminant transport
(ii) Landfill engineering
(iii) Tailing dams

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: understand the forces acting on, and stability of, earth retaining structures.
LO2: analyse and design retaining walls
LO3: assess the stability of slopes, cuttings and embankments
LO4: recommend appropriate ground modification methods.
LO5: gain an appreciation of environmental geotechnics, including contaminant transport, landfill engineering and relevant aspects in tailings dams.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, 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: Daniel Barreto Gonzalez
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Formal lectures and class tutorials are used to deliver content and offer face to face
support (LOs 1, 2, 4, 5). Directed study tasks encourage integration of key reading
material. Reinforced wall design exercise gives experience of design process for
student groups in form that can be assessed and which will engage students
imaginatively within a real-world context (LO1 and LO2)
Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills.
Module content is developed in consultation with employers and other experts.
Guest speakers offer the opportunity for networking and development of job search
Communication, group learning, and information synthesis and collation skills are
developed through the directed learning component
Assessment (formative and summative)
The module is assessed by design report, participation in model building competition
and a final examination. Extensive use is made throughout the module of tutorial and
laboratory sessions where direct feedback on progress is provided.
Research/ teaching linkages
Staff undertake scholarly and research activities on geotechnical subjects and relevant
research findings are incorporated into the delivery of the module where this is
consistent with the learning outcomes.
Supporting equality and diversity
All materials are available, in English only, on Moodle to cater for the diverse student
Notes in Braille with raised line diagrams available on request.
Academic supervision and tutorial support are available each taught week of the module
to support students.
The content of the module provides all international students with an understanding of
UK practice.
International case studies are cited as appropriate. Eurocodes are introduced.
International students are encouraged to discuss practices adopted in their home nation.

Formative Assessment:
Students will have the opportunity to report on the stability of a real slope (from an
existing case study) and this will serve as formative assessment prior to the summative

Summative Assessment:
Coursework on reinforced earth retaining walls. Real world context aiming for students to
experience design, build and testing of a scaled (model) wall. Also a centrally timetabled
exam at the end of the module. LO1 to LO5 are assessed via the centrally time-tabled exam and also generally covered specifically and/or contextually in the coursework.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 33
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 153
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 20 1 - 2 11 , WORDS= 1000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 80 1 - 5 11 HOURS= 03.00
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Transportation Geotechnics and Geoenvironmental Engineering in Practice