ESC-30022 - Hydrological and Engineering Geology
Coordinator: Glenda M Jones Tel: +44 1782 7 34309
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Barred Combinations

Description for 2021/22

This module uses active and team-based learning sessions and practical classes to look at the related subjects of engineering and hydrological geology from a coherent, practical perspective. In particular, students will focus on the way in which geological factors influence the availability of water resources and the design/construction of `real-world┐ engineering structures. Practical classes will concentrate on the analysis, evaluation and characterization of geological materials and the interpretation and remediation assessment of a realistic geotechnical engineering problem.

The aim of the module is to teach students the key theoretical and technical issues of hydrological and engineering geology whilst providing a practical understanding of groundwater and rock/material behaviour through the use of problem-based exercises relating to the management and assessment of natural resource exploitation and site development.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes


Study hours

18 x 1-hour Lectures;
9 x 3-hour practicals.
55 hours assignment work;
50 hours private study.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Group Project weighted 40%
3,000 word Problem-based group report
Student-led, group-based (~ 4 students in a group), geotechnical problem-solving exercise. Groups receive a single mark

2: Individual Report weighted 60%
Independent 2000-word report
Students will produce a written technical report of 2,000 words on a desk based site study to assess and evaluate the geotechnical, geoenvironmental and hydrogeological setting and potential development risks. Guidance and associated information will be given throughout the semester with the emphasis on students gathering and analysing published information throughout the semester and during the associated in-class activities.