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
2022/3, 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:

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, 6). 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 (LO3)
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 strategy. Communication, group learning, and information synthesis and collation skills are developed through the directed learning component
Assessment (formative and summative)
Assessment vehicles are 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 WebCT to cater for the diverse student group.
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:
to be added

Summative Assessment:
to be added

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

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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