Module Title:Engineering Geology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures. Demonstrations. Project work. Practicals and Site visits. Site visits and private study
Module Aim: The aims of this module are to a) extend the learner’s engineering knowledge base associated with surfical and bedrock geology, groundwater and surface water, b) build on the knowledge introduced in Geotechnics Year 3. c) To enable the learner to appreciate the interaction between ground and human activity in civil engineering projects and to d) incorporate this understanding into design and construction. e) To appreciate and have a general understanding of groundwater, f) to appreciate the formation of topography by water and ice agents. g) to understand the technologies available to investigate and understand geohazards, to gain an appreciation of the interaction of the physical environment on development and how impacts can be recognised, eliminated or mitigated.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Assess the requirements of a development as they relate to ground and groundwater and select the appropriate investigative techniques
LO2 Interpret general geomorphological and subsurface conditions based on the use of desk study mapping, site reconnaissance, invasive and non-invasive techniques.
LO3 Appreciate the depositional characteristics of various soil and bedrock deposits and how they influence development
LO4 Assist in risk assessment and design in relation to geohazards
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Bachelor of Engineering (Ordinary) in Civil Engineering

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Risk assessment and management of geohazards Desk studies
Introduction to Geophysics, Geophysics contracts, Seismic, Electrical resistivity, Gravity and magnetic surveys, Geophysical borehole logging and electromagnetic methods.
Introduction to concepts of landform genesis including formation, identification and engineering application
Fluvial Geomorphology
Applications of fluvial geomorphology, fundamentals of fluvial geomorphological assessment
Introduction to glaciers and glaciation; Landforms; Transportation of sediment; Formations; Deposits; Engineering uses
Hard Rock Geology
Excavability; Stability analysis; Use and reuse
Sedimentology and stratigraphy
Introduction to principles of sediment and sedimentary rock formation, transport, classification, and depositional environments
Application of groundwater hydrology, to groundwater control and dewatering in construction.
Ground Investigation
SI factual report - Contents, SI Interpretation of subsurface conditions Construction of in-place monitoring instrumentation - GW and Gas
Sustainable urban development
Introduction to SUD’s, implications for development
Design Team Project
Acting as part of a design team in the Civil/Geotechnical Engineering role with the Architectural Technologists (Year 3) on design team project - geotechnical and structural advisors - predominately geo based
Evaluation of rock cores
Laboratory testing UCS, PLT, Core logging
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Exam Term 1 1,2,3,4 5.00 n/a
Examination Exam Term 2 1,2,3,4 5.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project 1,2,3,4 20.00 Sem 1 End
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation No Description 1,2,3,4 10.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Exam 1,2,3,4 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Total Hours 210.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMHCE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering - Ab Initio 5 Mandatory
CW_CMCEN_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering - Add On 1 Mandatory