Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM100 - Fundamental Geotechnics (2011)

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MODULE TITLEFundamental Geotechnics CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSMM100 MODULE CONVENERProf John Coggan (Coordinator), Dr David Watkins, Dr Denise Pascoe
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
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DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
The module provides an understanding of the mechanics of rock and soil behaviour and groundwater flow. The module is the introductory module for all subsequent geotechnical-related modules. Where appropriate, case history information is used to emphasise important aspects associated with data variability and its influence on design.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Week 1 Introduction; Definitions; Rock Mass Classification RMR, Q, GSI; Soil Classification Week 2 Groundwater; Derivation of Darcy’s law; Soil Index tests; Soil shear strength Week 3 Rock mass mapping; Pore pressure and permeability measurement; Soil triaxial test Week 4 Permeability lab and field; Mohr envelope/circles Assignment: Permeability Week 5 Pore pressure coefficients A and B; Effective stress; Assignment: Rock mass mapping Week 6 Consolidation; Intact Rock failure Week 7 Settlement; Deformability and Strength; Contaminant transport Assignment: Applied Hydrogeology Week 8 Foundation design (bearing capacity); Rock Discontinuity behaviour; Hydrogeological problems Week 9 Geosynthetics; Public and Private groundwater supply; Rock mass strength; In-situ stress Week 10 Assignment: Rock testing laboratory
LEARNING AND TEACHING
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Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 50 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
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CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) M (NQF Level 7) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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