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AR40324: Advanced geotechnical engineering

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Aims: To give a knowledge and understanding of a range of more advanced geotechnical engineering problems than are covered in the core units.
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to demonstrate:
* a depth of understanding of the problems studied, and their relationship to design and construction.
* a systematic understanding of this knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of this area of professional practice; and,
* conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate critically current practice and new developments, and propose new solutions.
Skills: Intellectual skills
* To understand taught material - taught Professional/Practical skills
* Analytical and design skills related to the material covered - assessed Transferable/key skills
* To communicate ideas verbally and in writing - facilitated and assessed.
Content: Coping with uncertainty in geotechnical problems. Problematic soils and their influence on geotechnical design. Advanced modelling of soils: Numerical models, yield and failure criteria, soil plasticity, coupled shear and volumetric behaviour.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR40324 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng(Hons) Civil Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

AR40324 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng(Hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)

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