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Unit information: Geotechnical Design in 2021/22

Unit name Geotechnical Design
Unit code CENG30016
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Vardanega
Open unit status Not open

CENG20018 or equivalent



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit aims to give students an introduction into common geotechnical design tasks. The unit builds upon soil mechanics knowledge gained from second year Geomechanics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. determine the stability of slopes and embankments
2. appraise the safety and serviceability of shallow foundations
3. assess the safety and serviceability of deep foundations
4. evaluate the stability of basic retaining structures

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, which may include lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Information

4-day timed assessment (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.