Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Engineering Geology
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 lectures x 2 hours
Practical 10 practicals x 2 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment REPORT  1 x 3,500 word report.  50%
Semester Assessment PRACTICAL REPORTS  10 x class based practical reports.  50%
Supplementary Assessment RESUBMISSION OF FAILED COMPONENTS  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and practical aspects of engineering geology .

Demonstrate knowledge of the methodology of site investigations.

Prepare in professional standard site investigation reports.

Use mathematical procedures at a standard necessary to support engineering theory.

Brief description

This module is designed for students to develop a conceptual, factual and practical knowledge of civil engineering within a geological and environmental context. It will particularly develop the professional skills of those students who are aiming for a professional career in related industry.


1. Rocks as engineering materials

2. Site investigations

3. Soils and soil mechanics

4. Rocks and rock mechanics

5. Groundwater and hydrology

6. Data collection

7. Report writing

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Integral to all assessed components
Communication Written communication
Improving own Learning and Performance Inherent in the progressive nature of the practical exercises.
Information Technology Used in aspects of the research.
Personal Development and Career planning Inherent in the ethos underlying the module
Problem solving Practical exercises and report writing.
Research skills Report writing
Subject Specific Skills Methodology of site investigations Practical aspects of engineering geology
Team work Inherent in the progressive nature of the practical exercises.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Craig, R.F. (1987) Soil Mechanics Van Nostrand Reinold (UK) Primo search Jaeger, J.C. and Cook, N.G.W. (1979) Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics. Chapman and Hall. Primo search Johnson, R.B. & Croft, J.V. (1988) Principles of Engineering Geology. John Wiley and Sons. Primo search Maund, J.G. & Eddleston, M. (1998) Geohazards and Engineering Geology. Engineering Geology Special Issues No. 15 Geological Society Primo search McCall, G.J.H., Mulder, E.J. & Marker, B.R. (1996) Urban Geoscience A.A. Balkema Primo search Waltham, A.C. (1994) Foundations of Engineering Geology E. and F.N. Spoon Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6