Module Title:Geotechnical Engineering III
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures Demonstrations Project work Practicals Presentation Private study
Module Aim: (a) To understand the physical and mechanical properties of soils; (b) To develop a general appreciation of environmental issues and their vulnerability to engineering development projects; (c) To develop a general appreciation of sustainable construction principles as it relates to Civil & Geotechnical Engineering; (d) To be able to determine parameters from soil testing to characterize soil properties, (d) soil strength and soil deformations, (e) to be able to apply the principles of soil mechanics to analyze and design simple geotechnical systems; (f) To increase the understanding of the effects of construction on groundwater and the effects of groundwater on construction; (g) To develop the skills required to evaluate factual Geotechnical Engineering reports;
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Assess the information contained in factual geotechnical reports including laboratory test results
LO2 Assess ground conditions to evaluate SI requirements for field work, sampling and testing so as to produce sustainable designs
LO3 Relate and defend the value of desk study information and its role in preparation of factual and interpretative reports
LO4 Undertake geotechnical designs to Eurocode 7 and BS/US methods
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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

6566 ENGR H3503 Geotechnical Engineering I
6801 ENGR H3504 Earthworks Analysis
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Engineering Geology

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Site Investigation
(a) Contents of GI report, (b) Determination of appropriate site investigation techniques, (c) Sample selection,in-situ testing,(d) laboratory testing on a site specific basis,
Stresses, Strains and Elastic Deformation of Soils
(a) Stress-strain, (b) Stresses from surface loads, (c) Settlements,
Shear strength of Soils
(a) Undrained and drained shear strength, (b) Laboratory determination of shear strength using shear box, Triaxial (drained and undrained), (b) In-situ determination, (c) Introduction to Piezocone and pressure meter
Bearing capacity of soils and settlement of shallow foundations
(a) Collapse and failure loads - Ultimate and service loads, (b) Settlement, (c) In-situ testing (d) Design to EC 7, (e) Comparison of European vs other International Design Principles
Soil stabilization
(a) Lime,cement, pfa, stabilization on mineral soils and peat - chemical reactions within soil mass
(a) Reuse of waste materials, CBM's, LEED Design and Construction principles
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other n/a 1,2,3,4 50.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of term exam 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester

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 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 12 Weeks per Stage 8.00
Total Hours 132.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMHCE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering 7 Mandatory