CVEN30010 Geotechnics 2

Academic Year 2019/2020

Module will continue on from Sage 2 Geotechnics 1 (CVEN20110) and continue work on topics such as effective stress, permeability and seepage, shear strength - with a focus on the triaxial test and slope stability. Students will be introduced to new topics such as consolidation theory, earth pressures on rigid and flexible walls, bearing capacity and site investigation techniques. Techniques for measuring associated design parameters both in the field and the lab will be discussed. Two laboratory experiments will be also performed.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1) understand the fundamental principles of soil mechanics as listed above, 2) carry out, interpret and report onrelated lab tests and undertake foundation design both from a settlement and bearing capacity point of view and 3) be able to undertake practical seepage, slope stability and retaining wall stability calculations.

Indicative Module Content:

See above

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Pre-reading of notes by students, lectures, labs and tutorials 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must pass CVEN20110 Geotechnics 1 before taking this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CVEN20080 - Construction Materials, CVEN20110 - Geotechnics 1

Additional Information:
One of the specified co-requisites is required.

BSEN30220 - Soil Engineering

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


Examination: NORMAL 2 HOUR EXAM 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn 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?

Feedback within 1 week or at most 2 weeks of handing up each lab or tutorial

Name Role
Sahar Amirnezhad Mozhdehi Tutor
Stephen Curtis Tutor
Emer O Connor Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 33 Fri 11:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Thurs 12:00 - 12:50