|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||S1 Desk study for site investigation area written technical report 1000 words||35%|
|Semester Assessment||S2 Walk-over and geophysical report written technical report 2000 words||50%|
|Semester Assessment||10-minute oral presentation Assessed small group (3 or 4 students) oral presentation||15%|
|Supplementary Assessment||S1 Desk study for site investigation area written technical report 1000 words||35%|
|Supplementary Assessment||S2 Walk-over and geophysical report written technical report 2000 words||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written Report written report outlining presentation 500 words||15%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Plan and conduct a Desk Study and produce a standardised report on this according to EN/BS 5930.
Plan and conduct a Stage 2 site investigation (EN/BS 5930) of a defined field area and produce a safety assessment for the selected site.
Produce a report on the Stage 2 site investigation to industry standard.
Conduct and interpret geophysical surveys of a selected area and produce graphical information which is georeferenced.
Evaluate case studies to dicern 'best practice'
The course will start with a short series of introductory lectures which will cover the requirements of BS 5930:2015 Code of practice for site investigations (the industry-standard). The students will then follow a series of self-taught workbook exercises to develop a full understanding of the stages used in standard site investigation work. The students will present a series of seminars (4 x 2 hour) with small groups being given specific tasks to investigate and report to the module as a whole. Each seminar group will help to build and in-course on-line 'textbook' which will cover all aspects of the standard methods of site investigation and the correct use of soil classification as applied by geotechnical practioners.
Safety in the field will be a key feature of this module. Students will undertake a full risk assessment for field activities and produce standardised reports/assessments of risks before embarking on field exercises.
there will be two half-day field exercises in the local area. These will intorduce the use of equipment from the DGES pool such as GPS, proton magentometer and GPR. The exercises are designed to show the capacity of the different geophysical techniques in site investigation work. Field data will be processed and interpreted through a series of five laboratory practical classes. The field exercises will be written up as an assessed technical report.
The module will have a strong field and laboratory practical components which will cover field surveying techniques, data collection, manipulation and interpretation. These exercises will use proton magenetometer survey equipment, GPS and ground penetrating radar to address 'real-life' geotechnical problems at specific field sites.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Geophysical techniques produce quantitative data which needs to be manipulated and interpreted. This requires the use of number.|
|Communication||There are seminar exercises as well as oral and written skills that are assessed in this module.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Workbooks will direct the student learning but the emphasis will be upon the students to monitor their performance and motiveate them to improving their own learning through self-assessment.|
|Information Technology||Using GIS software to produce maps based on survey data and using proprietary software to acquire and export data from field-based geophysical equipment.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||This module is designed to train students in specific career skills. We will aim to have at least one external visitor from an employer of EES graduates to run one of the seminars in this module.|
|Problem solving||This module includes a wide range of problem solving exercises. It will require students to solve 'real life' problems using local exemplars.|
|Research skills||Students will be required to research the 'standard' methods for site investigation and produce written reports to industry standard guidelines.|
|Subject Specific Skills||There is a shortage of skilled professionals in the geotechnical sector. This module will deliver subject specific skills which aim to make our graduates employable in the field of geotechnical site investigation.|
|Team work||The entire module will be based around team exercises. Students will move between groups to ensure a spread of workload in to increase their experience of working in different groups.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6