CVEN40210 Geotechnics 4

Academic Year 2021/2022

Prepare students for practice in Geotechnical Engineering. Update students in current practice and beyond in design and analysis. Topics will include soil sampling, geophysics, in-situ testing, soil parameters for design, stress/strain behaviour, elasticity, plasticity and soil stiffness.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge and understanding of current Irish Geotechnical practice (analysis and design). They will:

1. Understand theory and physics behind fundamental aspects of soil engineering.
2. Become familiar with more advanced soil mechanics theories based on recent research.
3. Be able to interpret data from a range of field and laboratory geotechnical techniques
4. Have a good working knowledge of all ground engineering techniques used in Ireland / Western Europe along with their advantages and limitations.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students are taught through predominantly through lectures, although the following activities are also carried out.
(1) A field demonstration of geophysical equipment.
(2) A group based project is carried out over 6 weeks with weekly feedback being provided to students in a dedicated tutorial slot.
(3) Two group summary quizzes are also conducted. These activities encourage students to interact with their peers, while also providing an opportunity for self assessment. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Satisfactory performance in CVEN30010

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CVEN30010 - Geotechnics 2

CVEN40720 - Geotechnics 3

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Written Unspecified n/a Graded No


Project: Site investigation and geotechnical design project to last 6 weeks during semester Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback from the group project is provided to groups during the semester, in advance of the final summative exam. As part of this project, students are asked to review their peers. Two group summary quizzes are conducted during the module, in order to provide formative feedback to the students. This provides students with an opportunity for self assessment.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 11:00 - 12:50