Core Module Information
Module title: Geotechnical Earthquake and Offshore Engineering

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

Module code: CTR11534
Module leader: Juan Bernal-Sanchez
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Built Environment


Description of module content:

General (and Re-cap): Bearing capacity theory, philosophy of Eurocode 7 and 8, limit state design, EQU
and GEO limit states, design of shallow and deep foundations: by ground test results; by load test
Cyclic behaviour of soils: Dynamic properties of soils, their measurement and interpretation. Pore water
pressure development, soil liquefaction and stiffness degradation. Wave propagation, soil amplification
and topography effects.
Seismic geotechnical design: Seismic bearing capacity according to Eurocode 8. Mononobe-Okabe
approaches for the calculation of earth pressures, pipeline design.
Offshore geotechnical design: Cyclic behaviour of piles. Interaction diagrams. ICP and API design

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Interpret the behaviour of soils under cyclic/dynamic loads
LO2: Understand soil amplification and topography effects during seismic wave propagation
LO3: Consider the seismic/dynamic design of shallow foundations and retaining walls/embankments.
LO4: Develop pipeline design under earthquake and dynamic loads;
LO5: Develop offshore foundation designs for varying soil conditions;
LO6: Appraise the principles and philosophy of Eurocode 7 and Eurocode 8 and the need for a
professional and ethical approach to geotechnical design

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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: Juan Bernal-Sanchez
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. Directed study tasks encourage integration of key
reading material. Module content is developed in
consultation with employers. Guest speakers offer the opportunity for networking and development of job
search strategy. Communication and report-writing skills are developed through the continuous
assessment component Staff undertake scholarly and research activities on
geotechnical and foundation design subjects. Relevant research findings are delivered within the module.
Supporting equality and diversity All materials are available on VLE to cater for the diverse student group.
Academic supervision and tutorial support are available each taught week of the module to support
students. Internationalisation: The content of the module provides all international students with an
understanding of Europe-wide practice. International, and in particular European, case studies are cited
as appropriate. International students are encouraged to discuss practices adopted in their home nation
(and their encouraged to think about professionalism and ethical issues). The design‘thread’
is fully embedded into LO3 – LO6.

Formative Assessment:
Formative and summative assessment is carried out through the coursework (LO1-LO6), end of module
examination (LO1-LO6). Tutorial sessions where individual comments/feedback are also provided. These
are a good opportunity for students to practice and experience what is expected from them. A mock
examination is provided close to the end of the module. Students get general feedback and may obtain
individual (oral) comments upon request.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment is carried out through the coursework (LO1-LO6) and end of module examination (LO1-LO6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 39
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Other Work based learning 126
Online Work based learning 20
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 60 1-6 10 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 5000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 40 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 03.00, WORDS= 0.00
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CTR11534: Geotechnical Earthquake and Offshore Engineering