CDIC2009W Engineering Geology

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is a professional foundation course, which introduced the types of rock and soil, geological processes, geological structure, landform, groundwater, and bad geological phenomenon effect on engineering construction. This course aims at providing essential engineering geological knowledge for the High-Level Technical Personnel of Highway & Bridge Engineering.

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Learning Outcomes:

The student should understand the role of engineering geology in the professional knowledge system of Civil Engineering Infrastructure. In this course, the students should master the basic engineering geological knowledge, familiar with the basic content of the engineering geological conditions and know the procedure and basic methods of engineering geology work. During the survey, design and construction of tunnel engineering, they should have the following abilities: to collect the related engineering geology data; to recognize common rocks and general geological structure; to analyse the stability of rock mass; to read the engineering geological map; to evaluate the engineering geological conditions; to analyse and solve highway engineering geological problems.

Indicative Module Content:

Chapter 1 Rocks
Section 1 Minerals
Section 2 Magmatic rocks
Section 3 Geological structure
Section 4 Metamorphic rocks
Section 5 Engineer geological properties of rocks
Main contents: the definition of mineral and rock, three types of rocks , main characteristics , classification and recognition method, engineering geological properties indicator of the rocks.
Chapter 2 Geological Structure
Section 1 Crustal movement and geological time
Section 2 Geological structure
Section 3 Reading geological maps
Section 4 Active faults
Section 5 Earthquake
Main contents: crustal Movement; Geological time; Geological structure and engineering geological evaluation, Methods and steps of reading geological map; basic knowledge of active fault and earthquake.
Chapter 3 Geological Processes of Weathering and River
Section 1 Weathering
Section 2 Geological process of temporary running water
Section 3 Geological processes of river
Main contents: weathering and the basic knowledge of the surface water geological process, the characteristics and engineering geological properties of river.
Chapter 4 Landform and Special Soil
Section 1 Landform
Section 2 Special soil and engineering property
Main contents: landform and classification; Types and engineering geological properties of quaternary unconsolidated sediments; engineering geological properties of special soil.
Chapter 5 Groundwater and its Geological Processes
Section 1 Physical properties and chemical composition of groundwater
Section 2 Classification of groundwater
Section 3 Groundwater geological processes and its effect on tunnel engineering
Main contents: Physical properties and chemical composition of groundwater, groundwater classification and geological processes.
Chapter 6 Bad Geological Phenomenon
Section 1 Collapse
Section 2 Landslip
Section 3 Debris flow
Section 4 Karst
Main contents: common unfavorable geological phenomenon types, forming conditions and mitigation strategies.
Chapter7 Geological Problems in Highway Engineering
Section 1 Geological problems in subgrade engineering
Section 2 Geological problems in bridge engineering
Section 3 Geological problems in tunnel engineering
Main contents: geological problems in highway, bridge and tunnel engineering.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The teaching of engineering geology includes two parts: theoretical teaching and experimental teaching. The teaching time of theory teaching is 30 class hours and experimental is 6 class hours. Classroom teaching adopts the combination pattern of multimedia teaching and blackboard writing teaching. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: The usual score, experimental score, mid-term exam score and final exam score accounted for 30%, 10%, 20% and 40% respectively. Week 12 No Alternative linear conversion grade scale 60% (Chinese modules) Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

After class, students can communicate with teachers on the teaching content online or offline.Every student must finish his homework carefully. Each homework after class will be evaluated and included in the usual grades.Every student must finish his homework carefully. The teacher will comment on the homework.After completing the teaching of introduction, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, the mid-term examination will be conducted. The teacher commented on the mid-term exam.