Core Module Information
Module title: Geomechanics Analysis and Modelling

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR11527
Module leader: John McDougall
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

You will learn about geotechnics from a viewpoint that emphasises the interdependence of soil volumetric and strength behaviour. Integration of the two aspects of soil behaviour is through study of some common geomechanical soil models and their application by commercial finite element software – Plaxis.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Understand the complex volumetric and strength behaviour exhibited by real soils.
LO2: Predict volumetric and strength changes for soils subjected to known changes in stress conditions.
LO3: Competently operate Plaxis, a commercial geomechanical software package.
LO4: Extend understanding of real soil behaviour by simulation and critical interpretation of complex geometric and material property scenarios using Plaxis.
LO5: Recognise the role of numerical modelling in geotechnical design and the need for a professional & ethical approach to geotechnical advice predicated on numerical interpretations.

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: John McDougall
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Formal lectures and class tutorials are used to deliver content and offer face to face support. Directed study tasks encourage integration of key reading material. 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. Staff undertake scholarly and research activities on geotechnical subjects using the type of tools studied within this module. Relevant research findings are a key component of both module delivery and courseworks, especially coursework 2, which probes students’ ability to diagnose a geotechnical problem (slope instability) in search for a design solution.

Formative Assessment:
Coursework 1: a significant formative assessment that culminates in face to face individual tailored feedback session with each student

Summative Assessment:
Coursework 2: is configured to guide the student’s ability to assess the effectiveness of an advanced engineering analytical tool in the search for an appropriate design solution.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 48
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1,2 7 HOURS= 12.00
Report 50 3,4 12 HOURS= 12.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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