Module Catalogues

Geotechnical Engineering

Module Title Geotechnical Engineering
Module Level Level 3
Module Credits 5.00

Aims and Fit of Module

To advance students’ knowledge in soil mechanics and to develop their skills in the design of various types of foundations and retaining structures.

Learning outcomes

A	Apply principles of foundation design and construction including pads, strips, raft, piles and pile caps.
B Determine pore water pressure and lateral earth pressure imposed on retaining walls.
C Investigate quantitatively the stability of retaining structures (such as gravity, embedded, propped/anchored retaining walls) and provide geotechnical design solutions for these retaining structures.
D Compare foundation types and/or validate the results by hand calculations and/or software.
E Analyse experimental results of triaxial tests and determine their validity and accuracy.

Method of teaching and learning

The module is taught through formal lectures and class tutorials.