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CSMM100 - Fundamental Geotechnics (2012)

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MODULE TITLEFundamental Geotechnics CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSMM100 MODULE CONVENERProf John Coggan (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 10
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 7
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

The module provides fundamental understanding of rock mechanics, soil mechanics and hydrogeology related aspects of the syllabus applied to the geotechnical industry. It provides fundamental knowledge that is a pre-requisite for semester 2 design-related modules (CSMM113 and CSMM114) on the MSc Applied Geotechnics module. Acceptance onto the MSc programme is a pre-requisite. The module is not recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.

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)

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1

Appraise and assess the methods, roles and limitations of laboratory and field measurements for engineering design.

2

Visualise and critically analyse discontinuity data using stereograms.

3

Perform rock mass mapping and critically apply empirical design methodology.

4

Evaluate and understand the influence of factors controlling the engineering behaviour of rock masses.

5

Understand the concepts and principles of hydrogeology

6

Be able to plan, conduct and interpret hydrogeological investigations

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

7

Evaluate and apply knowledge to specific design tasks.

8

Choose appropriate design from critical evaluation of available data.

9

Undertake synthesis of information and create responses in terms of advanced knowledge

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

10

Apply personal data-handling skills through critically evaluation of a design problem and produce, to a strict deadline, detailed recommendations/reasoned arguments for an appropriate solution.

11

Utilize a full range of computer-based learning resources as an autonomous learner.

 

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 Darcys 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

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
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 108.00 Guided Independent Study 192.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS

Category

Hours of study time

Description

Lectures

32 * 2hrs

Lectures to provide concise notes on theory and application (ILOs 1-6).

Laboratory classes

3 * 4hrs

Laboratory classes to provide experience of material behaviour (ILOs 1,3 & 5).

Field mapping

8hrs

Field mapping to develop practical skills (ILOs 2-4)

Example classes

8hr

Example classes to give practice in problem solving (ILOs 1-7).

Field visits

16hrs

Field visits to provide context and application of module material (ILOs 1-6).

 

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
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

Form of Assessment

 

% of credit

Size of the assessment  e.g. duration/length

ILOs assessed

Feedback method

Examination

50%

2 hours duration

ILOs 1-9

Exam Board

Coursework (3 assignments)

50%

 

 

 

Assignment 1  - This involves use of field mapping data and associated interpretation

 

Assessment takes the form of professional summary report of maximum 1200 words with emphasis on interpretation, recommendations, worked solutions and critical use of figures and tables.

ILOs 1-4, 8-11

Written feedbackon script and cover page of assignment

Assignment 2 - One laboratory-based exercise is used to assess rock behaviour

 

Assessment takes the form of professional summary report of maximum 1200 words with emphasis on interpretation, recommendations, worked solutions and critical use of figures and tables.

ILOs 1-4, 8-11

Written feedbackon script and cover page of assignment

Assignment 3 - A design-based assignment to assess aspects of applied hydrogeology

 

Assessment takes the form of professional summary report of maximum 1200 words with emphasis on interpretation, recommendations, worked solutions and critical use of figures and tables.

ILOs 5 -11

Written feedbackon script and cover page of assignment

 

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

Summative Assessment

Additional Summative assignment

Weighting as above

Sept/Oct

Examination

Additional Examination

Weighting as above

Sept/Oct

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 50% and/or 1 Exam 50%

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:

Barnes, G.E. 2000. Soil Mechanics  principles and practice. 2nd Edition. Macmillan Press Ltd.                 

 

Harrison, J.P. and Hudson J.A. 2000. Engineering Rock Mechanics Part II: Illustrative worked examples. Elsevier.

 

Hoek, E., Kaiser, P.K. and Bawden W.F. 1995. Design of Support for Underground Hard Rock Mines. A.A.Balkema.   

 

Hudson J.A. and Harrison JP. 1997. Engineering Rock Mechanics Φ–and introduction to the principles. Permagon.  

 

Wylie DC and Mah CW. 2004. Rock Slope Engineering (4th Edition). Spon Press                                    

 

http://www.rockeng.utoronto.ca/roc/Hoek/Hoek.htm Hoeks Corner                                               

 

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

 

Web based and electronic resources: Hoek’s corner (as above)

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

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 Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Soil mechanics, rock mechanics, hydrogeology