Full Title:Geotechnical Engineering
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:ENGR E7014
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:On completion of this module the student will have developed an understanding of the design of foundations and engineered soil structures.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis for soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering.
  2. Apply the principles of mechanics to the analysis of geotechnical problems and select the appropriate design approach for different ground conditions.
  3. Conduct experiments on model foundations in order to compare observed behaviour with that predicted by theory and to determine the engineering characteristics of soil samples.
  4. Design geotechnical structures such as foundations, embankments and retaining walls and evaluate whether the design is consistent with the expected norms for the structure in question.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Engineering Characteristics of Soil
Comparison of soil characteristics determined in the laboratory with field values. Site Investigation Selection of correct characteristics for design.
The Design of Shallow Foundations
Terzaghi’s bearing capacity theory, the general bearing capacity equation. Shape, depth and inclination factors.
The Design of Deep Foundations
Types of piles, load transfer mechanism, pile capacity, design of group piles.
The Design of Retaining Structures
Active pressure, passive pressure and earth pressure at rest. Cantilever retaining walls, cantilever and anchored sheet-piled walls.
The Stability of Soil Slopes
Determination of the factor of safety against failure for the undrained condition. Determination of the factor of safety against failure for the drained condition – method of slices.
The Flow of Water Through Soil
The coefficient of permeability of soil. Anisotropy of permeability in soil. The field measurement of the coefficient of permeability. Graphical determination of the flow of water around embedded structures – flow nets. Graphical determination of the flow of water through permeable soil structures. Quick conditions and their prevention.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination80.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation Conduct four experiments to measure the engineering characteristics of soil and to model the behaviour of foundations in a laboratory environment. These experiments may include the California Bearing Ratio Test, the Triaxial Compression Test and tests on model shallow and deep foundations. The student will produce a report describing the method, analysis and conclusions of the experiments. 2,3 20.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,4 80.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical Laboratory based practical 2.00 Every Second Week 1.00
Lecture Delivery of core material 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Class based tutorial 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading Reading course notes and recommended texts 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study Study of background material and relevant learning resources 1.50 Every Week 1.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Ian Smith 2006, Smith's Elements of Soil Mechanics, 8 Ed., Blackwell Publishing [ISBN: 978-1405133708]
  • NSAI 2005, IS EN 1997-1:2005 [ISBN: 91.120.20]
  • Andrew Bond 2008, Decoding Eurocode 7, CRC Press [ISBN: 978-0415409483]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_ECIVL_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering 5 Mandatory