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ECM3202 - Geotechnics 2 (2020)

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MODULE TITLEGeotechnics 2 CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3202 MODULE CONVENERProf Akbar Javadi (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 2 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
A good knowledge of the techniques of geotechnical design and analysis are essential elements of the training of civil engineers, and this module will give you a useful grounding in these important topics. You will get the chance to interpret geological features in the field and gain experience of field observation and measurement techniques, site investigation and design of civil engineering structures as a part of field work/virtual field work. Furthermore, you will develop essential awareness of ground conditions and general safety on civil engineering sites. Finally, you will learn how to assess stresses in the soil mass, bearing capacity and settlement of shallow and deep foundations, stability of gravity and embedded retaining walls and stability of slopes.
 
Prerequisite module: ECM2203 Geotechnics 1 or equivalent
 
AIMS - intentions of the module

To introduce you to the techniques of geotechnical design and analysis and their limitations, the underlying techniques of current geotechnical practice, and different practical applications in civil engineering projects, such as the design of foundations, the design of retaining walls and analysis of stability of slopes.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
This module contributes to learning outcomes: SM2p, EA1p, EA2p, EA3p, D1p, D2p, D3p, D4p, D5p, D6p, ET2p, ET4p, EP3, EP6, G1p, G4p
 
On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
 
Module Specific Skills and Knowledge
 
1 understand the physical and mechanical properties of soils and methods of determination of soil parameters;
 
2 display competence in analysing and solving problems related to geotechnical engineering;
 
3 appreciate the influence of soils and ground conditions on the design of civil engineering structures;
 
4 apply techniques acquired in previous modules to site investigation, field/virtual field measurements, geotechnical analysis, observations and the practice observations/virtual observations in the field;
 
5 comprehend the relevance of geology and the role of geotechnical engineering in civil engineering;
 
6 relate geotechnical engineering considerations to analysis and design of civil engineering projects;
 
7 grasp the variability inherent in field data.
 
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge
 
8 fathom the variability of natural materials and how this influences the choice of design parameters;
 
9 demonstrate an understanding of the main concepts of the mechanical behaviour of soils;
 
10 use laboratory and in-situ test results in practical design;
 
11 show awareness of engineering design procedures through being able to estimate the reliability of soil parameters;
 
12 recognise how parameters measured in the field are used in design calculations;
 
13 take notes and make sketches in the field or as part of virtual field work;
 
14 exhibit awareness of health and safety aspects of work on site.
 
Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge
 
15 exemplify observational skills in field work/virtual field work;
 
16 prove analytical skills in all the module topic areas;
 
17 reveal technical descriptive writing skills through writing reports on laboratory testing
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- stresses in soils: stresses at a point in a soil mass, geostatic stresses, stresses induced by various types of applied load, contact pressure;

- lateral earth pressure, retaining walls, gravity walls, cantilever and anchored sheet pile walls, braced excavations, diaphragm walls and reinforced soils;

- compression and consolidation of soils: immediate settlement, primary and secondary consolidation, foundation design criteria, theory of one-dimensional consolidation, governing equations, analytical l solutions.

- bearing capacity of foundations: types of foundations, analytical methods for determination of the ultimate bearing capacity, determination of safe bearing capacity,  in-situ testing for ultimate bearing capacity, bearing capacity of pile foundations.

- slope stability: slopes in granular materials, circular arc analysis under undrained conditions, method of slices, wedge analysis, progressive failure, end-of construction and long-term stability; 

- choice of strength parameters;

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 98.00 Guided Independent Study 52.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 10 Tutorials
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 10 Laboratories
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 10 Field work Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 40 Field work
Guided independent learning 26 Preparation for scheduled tutorials, lectures, laboratory sessions and follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, revision.
Placement 84 Learning at work

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
       
       
       
       
       
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 15 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams 35
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written Examination - Closed 50 2 hours 1-12, 16 Revision of previous year's exam papers
Coursework – technical report on laboratory tests 15 15-20 pages 1-12, 14-17 Feedback on reports
Practical – group report on field activities 35 20-25 pages 1-18 Feedback on reports
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
All above Examination (100%) All  August Ref/Def Period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Craig, R.F. Soil Mechanics E and F N Spon (Chapman & Hall) 2012 000-0-419-22450-5 [Library]
Set Budhu, M. Soil Mechanics and Foundations 2nd John Wiley & Sons 2000 978-0471431176 [Library]
Set Das, B Principles of Geotechnical Engineering Thompson Learning 2007 000-0-534-38742-x [Library]
Set Azizi, F. Engineering Design in Geotechnics Fethi Azizi 2007 9780955599613 [Library]
Set Azizi, F. Physical Behaviour in Geotechnics Fethi Azizi 2007 978-0955599620 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM2203
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 14 March 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 03 September 2020
KEY WORDS SEARCH Geotechnical engineering; soil mechanics; consolidation and settlement; shallow and deep foundations; retaining walls; slope stability; geotechnical design; field course.