All engineering structures are founded on or within the earth, so it is important that civil engineering students acquire a good understanding of soil and rock behaviour and their impact on such structures. This unit is designed to provide students with knowledge of basic geology, and the engineering properties and behaviour of different types of soil and rock when subjected to various degrees of weathering, moisture conditions, topographic /stratigraphic conditions, loading conditions and improvement techniques. Students will also be introduced to a range of hands-on activities and laboratory practices aimed at determining types and properties of soil and rock, which might be present on any particular site.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
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This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):