Core Module Information
Module title: Transportation Geotechnics and Geoenvironmental Engineering

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

Module code: CTR10132
Module leader: Daniel Barreto Gonzalez
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

Unit 1: Introduction (to transportation geotechnics and geoenvironmental engineering)
Unit 2: Earth pressure theory
Unit 3: Gravity retaining walls
Unit 4: Embedded retaining walls
Unit 5: Reinforced earth retaining walls
Unit 6: Slope stability
Unit 7: Soil contaminants and pathways
Unit 8: Remediation of contaminated land
Unit 9: Waste management and landfill engineering
Unit 10: Tailings dams and geotechnical aspects in mining

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Analyse and design earth retaining structures.
LO2: Evaluate the stability of slopes.
LO3: Critically reflect on environmental impact of contaminated ground and its remediation.
LO4: Examine and elaborate on the geotechnical aspects and sustainability of waste management and current mining practice.

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:
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.
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 their assessments. Students are encouraged to underpin learning with relevant research and support their conclusions with rigorous science-based evidence.
Module materials use a mix of examples from different cultural backgrounds to ensure that diversity is effectively dealt with.
Professional threads: design and sustainability 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 report submission (retaining wall design), 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 (an alternative retaining wall design) is specifically design to assess LO1, whilst the final exam directly assesses the other Los (LO2-LO4)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
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
Report 20 1,2 11 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 80 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 03.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

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