Module Title: Engineering Geology I
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 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 Geotechnical Engineering 1 and 2 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 Appreciate the depositional characteristics of various soil and bedrock deposits and how they influence development
LO2 Assist in risk assessment and design in relation to geohazards
LO3 Interpret general geomorphological and subsurface conditions based on the use of desk study mapping, site reconnaissance, invasive and non-invasive techniques.
LO4 Apply the principles of engineering geology to dam design and construction
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 concepts of landform genesis including formation, identification and engineering application
Fluvial Geomorphology
Applications of fluvial geomorphology, fundamentals of fluvial geomorphological assessment
Sedimentology and stratigraphy
Introduction to principles of sediment and sedimentary rock formation, transport, classification, and depositional environments
Hard Rock Geology
Excavability; Stability analysis; Use and reuse
Ground Investigation
Nature, cost and design of Ground Investigation. Pitting, boring, probing, in-situ testing, in situ monitoring. Construction of in-place monitoring instrumentation - GW and Gas
Evaluation of rock cores
Laboratory testing UCS, PLT, Core logging - TCR, SCR, RQD
Applications of Engineering Geology
Dam design and construction
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project GeoHazards Project. 1,2,3 15.00 n/a
Project Fluvioglacial Geomorphology Project 1,2,3 10.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Rock Core Evaluation and Ground Investigation Design 1,2,3 15.00 n/a
Project Dam Design Task 1,2,3,4 10.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 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 2.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Estimated Learner Hours 12 Weeks per Stage 7.50
Total Hours 126.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMHCE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering 5 Mandatory