Core Module Information
Module title: Geotechnics 3 and Geoenvironmental Engineering

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

Module code: CTR10626
Module leader: John McDougall
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

Lateral Earth Pressures:
• Rankine’s – frictionless wall, horizontal backfill
• Coulomb’s – wall friction, sloping backfill
Retaining structures
• gravity and sheet pile walls, stability
• reinforced earth
• design of gravity walls & Eurocode
Reinforced Soil Wall Design and Construction Competition Piled foundations:
Pile specification, pile design (single & group pile capacity estimates), pile installation, pile testing (MLT, CRP, & NDT), site safety considerations.
Ground Improvement
stone columns, dynamic compaction, vibro-compaction, dewatering
• Resource use, sustainability
• Contaminated Land: migration pathways & remediation, site safety
• Waste management & landfill engineering
• Ground energy: thermal properties of the ground, ground source heat pumps

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: understand and design for the forces acting on, and stability of, earth retaining structures such as gravity and sheet pile retaining walls
LO2: design and construct small scale reinforced earth wall
LO3: understand the mechanics of pile performance and design.
LO4: recommend appropriate ground modification methods.
LO5: gain an appreciation of environmental geotechnics, namely resource issues, contaminated land, ground source heat and waste management and be able to perform an elementary analysis of landfill settlement.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MYANMAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Daniel Barreto Gonzalez
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 28
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 15 2 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Practical Skills Assessment 5 2 7 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 80 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

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