Module Title:Earthworks Analysis
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures Practicals Private study
Module Aim: The aims of the module are: (1) to produce graduates capable of working with minimal supervision in a modern construction environment; (2) to provide graduates to the workplace capable of participating in all facets of earthworks, on-site, in the laboratory and in the design office, using the industry recognised Standards and Procedures; (3) to give graduates the skills to set up and manage quality control in the construction, quarrying,monitoring and testing industries; (4) to provide graduates with sufficient knowledge and skills to continue to degree level in civil engineering
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Analyse and test soils for earthworks and construction of foundations for structures, roads, dams, embankments (a) Reuse of materials (b) Testing regimes for cut/fill applications (c) Use of BSI 2015, BS 5930 - Ground Investigation (d) Specification for Ground Investigation, 2016, Engineers Ireland
LO2 Demonstrate competence in hazard identification, risk assessment and safe use of laboratory and field test equipment. Have awareness of potential health, safety hazards and risks associated with design of earthworks, dams, roads, foundations including the responsibilities of persons, identification of hazards and risk assessment requirements
LO3 Appreciate the requirements for testing of unbound materials and the analysis and evaluation for the re-usability of soils and aggregates for civil engineering projects, including the re-use of waste and excavated material for the purposes of environmental sustainability
LO4 identify the appropriate site investigation techniques for differing ground conditions and development types including selection of appropriate laboratory tests depending project requirements
LO5 Have the ability to assess constructions considerations of differing ground conditions and the implications to the construction process including the implications of changes in the properties of soils and why they occur.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

6801 ENGR H3504 Earthworks Analysis
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Sustainability and Reusability of excavated and waste materials
Laboratory testing (a) CBR, MCV, DD vs Moisture Content (b) evaluation of reusability tests (c) Health and Safety (d) Reuse of Waste Materials (e) Soil stabilization
Soil Strength Testing
Evaluation of soils strength parameters - drained and undrained (a) Shear box tests (b) Triaxial tests Health and Safety
Ground Investigation
(a) Site investigation – advantages and disadvantages of methods (b) Specifying site investigation (c) Trial Pitting, Dynamic Probing, Cable Percussive Boreholes (d) Coreholes (e) Groundwater (f) Health and Safety
In-situ sampling and testing
(a) Plate Bearing Tests (b) Shear Vane tests (c) Standard Penetration testing (d) California Bearing ratio (CBR) (e) Health and Safety
Sustainable Construction Methods
(a) Construction of embankments and cuttings (b) Capping and sub-base layers (c) Quality control monitoring (d) Chemical stabilization of soils for reuse as engineering material (e) Compaction (f) Geotextiles and geomembranes and uses
Stakeholder Engagement
Analysis, planning and dissemination of alternatives to influence stakeholders, including direct and indirect impacts
Students assess own lab reports and input during testing
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other n/a 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Estimated Learner Hours 12 Weeks per Stage 8.00
Total Hours 144.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMHCE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering 4 Mandatory
CW_CMCIV_D Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering 6 Mandatory