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CIVL7012 - Soil Mechanics and Geology

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Title:Soil Mechanics and Geology
Long Title:Soil Mechanics and Geology
Module Code:CIVL7012
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Civil Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 3 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Author: NORMA HURLEY
Module Description: This module examines concepts and fundamentals of Soil Mechanics to enable the student to identify and describethe principal properties of soil types and geological materials. The student will also study the engineering behaviour of soils under different conditions and the application of these principals to geotechnical design. Site investigation techniques and operations will also be examined.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Calculate standard soil properties and classify a soil sample.
LO2 Carry out laboratory tests for preliminary engineering assessment of a soil sample.
LO3 Specify the essential features and requirements of a site investigation.
LO4 Identify main categories of rock occuring in Ireland and define the engineering properties of rock.
LO5 Calculate stresses in soil under various load conditions
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Geology, Rocks and Geological Processes
Introduction to geological structures and processes. Rock types, follding and faults. Weathering, glaciation and coastal erosion. Site Investigation, desk study, engineering materilas sources
Site Investigation
Requirements and specification. Soil Sampling. Boreholes and in situ testing.
Classification of Soils
Introduction to Soil Mechanics. Identification and description of engineering soils
Physical properties and Compaction
Density, water content, voids ratio, porosity, degree of saturation. Particle size analysis, grading Curves, consistency limits
Water in Soil
Flow of water in soils. Permeability. Wells, drainage. Weather and Temperature effects.
Stresses in Soils
Shear Strength. Intergranular friction and cohesion. Mohr's circle.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work35.00%
End of Module Formal Examination65.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Carry out a desk study for a proposed building, compile report and presentation 3,4 10.0 Week 5
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory experiments. Analysis and reports 1,2 25.0 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 65.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 2.5 Every Week 2.50
Tutorial Problem solving in soil mechanics 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Experiments conducted in Soils Lab 1.5 Every Second Week 0.75
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed study 2.75 Every Week 2.75
Total Hours 7.75
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.25
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of module content 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Experiments conducted in Soils Lab 1.5 Every Second Week 0.75
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self-directed study 4.25 Every Week 4.25
Total Hours 7.75
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.75
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Whitlow, R., 2001, 4th Edition Ed., Basic Soil Mechanics, Pearson Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0-582-38109-6]
  • F. G. H. Blyth, M. H. de Freitas 1984, A geology for engineers, 7th Ed., Edward Arnold London [ISBN: 0-7131-2882-8]
  • Graham (Graham E. ). Barnes, 2010, Soil Mechanics properties and practice, Third Ed., Palgrave McMillan New York [ISBN: 978-0-230-57980-4]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Tomlinson M J2001, Foundation Design and Construction [ISBN: 987-0-13-031180-1]
  • BS1377 1991, Methods of Test for Soils for Civil Engineering Purposes, BSI
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_CSTRU_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Structural Engineering 5 Mandatory
CR_CCIVL_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering 5 Mandatory
CR_CENVI_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering 5 Mandatory

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