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Module Title LM Engineering Earthworks
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 28853
Module Lead Dr Alexander Royal
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description This modules covers the following:
(1) Construction of earthworks, including compaction of placed fill and quality control used to ensure desired outcomes are realised

(2) Constructing earthworks using different materials (for examples materials like mudstones and chalks, or other marginal materials)

(3) Ground Improvements techniques, for example: applications and injection of grout; soil stabilisation using lime, cement, other chemicals; use of reinforcements in soils (e.g. fibres,); use of soil nails, and dealing with contaminated land.

(4) Develop understanding of soil behavior by undertaking laboratory based exercise..
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Describe, explain and evaluate the role of compaction in engineering earthworks and, demonstrate and explain how to ensure desired parameters are achieved
  • Critically evaluate the implications different soil materials will have upon the construction of earthworks due variations in geotechnical parameters
  • Recognise, identify, define, compare and contrast critically ground improvement techniques (both mechanical and environmental)
  • Demonstrate and recognise how the properties of soils can be determined within the laboratory
Assessment 28853-06 : Coursework : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Main assessments:100% open book coursework (final day of the module), details of assessment still being formulated.
Supplementary: 100% open book coursework (MSc supplementary period, September)
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