CVEN40720 Geotechnics 3

Academic Year 2021/2022

1. Shallow Foundations – Bearing capacity, settlement, non-vertical loads
2. Deep Foundations- Pile Types, Axial Loading, Lateral Loading
3. Underground Construction – Types of retaining structures, embedded walls, practical issues
4. Site Investigation – Desk study, in-situ tests, lab tests, interpretation, selection of parameters.
5. Rock Mechanics – Overview, shallow foundations, piled foundations.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand how the theory of soil mechanics can be applied in design practice
2. Design a foundation system within a limit state design framework using analytical approaches or in-situ test data
3. Design and interpret a ground investigation to provide information on which to base a design

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students are taught through predominantly through lectures. A series of worked examples are used to demonstrate the use of geotechnical design calculations.

Two group summary quizzes are conducted during the module. These activities encourage students to interact with their peers, while also providing an opportunity for self assessment.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CVEN30010 - Geotechnics 2

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Student assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Class Test: Open book Unspecified n/a Graded No


Class Test: Open book classtest Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
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
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback from the open book class test is provided individually to students in advance of the final assessment. 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.

Name Role
Dr Shane Donohue Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 14:00 - 14:50