Module Identifier EA32620  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Charles Bendall  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   10 lectures x 2 hours  
  Practical   10 practicals x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
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

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

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 6