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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Expands on knowledge gained in the unit Soil Mechanics and Geology and applies this knowledge to geotechnical design. Students will learn to investigate, prepare and design geotechnical structures. They will also learn how to conduct geotechnical site investigations, design foundations and assess geotechnical safety and stability.

Unit content

  1. Foundation Strength and Stress testing
  2. Shallow Foundations
  3. Matt Foundations
  4. Pile Foundations
  5. Slope stability and foundations
  6. Retaining walls and foundations

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 apply knowledge of soil mechanics and geology to design a range of different geotechnical components including shallow and deep foundations, excavations, analyse the stability of soil
2 specify a site testing regime to adequately develop an understanding of the soil/rock properties on a site in order to develop suitable engineering designs
3 assess site specific contextual factors and constraints to select appropriate geotechnical solutions to complex problems
4 model typical geotechnical problems using industry standard computer modelling techniques.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of soil mechanics and geology to design a range of different geotechnical components including shallow and deep foundations, excavations, analyse the stability of soil
  2. specify a site testing regime to adequately develop an understanding of the soil/rock properties on a site in order to develop suitable engineering designs
  3. assess site specific contextual factors and constraints to select appropriate geotechnical solutions to complex problems
  4. model typical geotechnical problems using industry standard computer modelling techniques.

Prescribed texts

  • Das, B, 2015, Principles of Foundation Engineering, 8th edn, Cengage Learning, Stamford, CT, USA. ISBN: 9781305081567.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.