CVEN20110 Geotechnics 1

Academic Year 2019/2020

This course provides an introduction to Soil Mechanics and includes topics on: The origin of soils and the effect of depositional and loading history on soil behaviour of soils, description and classification of soil, basic (phase) relationships, engineered fill, compaction of soils, stresses in a soil mass, stress / strain behaviour in soils, settlement of structures, total and effective stress, permeability, shear strength of dry soil, introduction to slope stability

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students should: (i) Understand the difference in behaviour of coarse and fine grained soils (ii) Demonstrate an ability to calculate stresses and strains in a soil mass and apply this to for example determining the settlement of structures (iii) Appreciate the significance of the multi-phase, particulate nature of soils (iv) understand and be able to apply a soil strength criterion to a problem such as slope stability (iv) have carried out at least 3 soils laboratory experiments including interpretation and reporting of the results

Indicative Module Content:

See above

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures + tutorials + labs + students pre-reading of lecture notes 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BSEN30220 - Soil Engineering

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Tutorial and labs Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Standard exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Return of each tutorial or lab in next week or at most 2 weeks after its completion

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 09:00 - 09:50