ESC-40020 - MGeoscience: Hydrological and Engineering Geology
Coordinator: Glenda M Jones Tel: +44 1782 7 34309
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

ESC-30022 (Hydrological and Engineering Geology).

Description for 2020/21

This module uses lecture 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

demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of Hydrological and Engineering Geology, including acquisition of coherent and detailed knowledge, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of defined aspects of the Hydrological and Engineering Geology discipline: 2,3
make advanced judgements about the issues, debates and critical knowledge limitations in groundwater assessment, geotechnical engineering and environmental geology management: 2,3
carry out advanced hydrogeology and engineering geology experimental work and be able to make critical data interpretations: 1,2
explain in detail, apply and critically evaluate primary hydrological and engineering geology data to the formulation and solution of practical problems through the medium of a 'real world', problem-based learning exercise: 1,2
demonstrate sector consultancy skill in the 'real world' problem-based learning exercise through incorporating industry related critical thinking concepts, remediation recommendation and a detailed cost benefit analysis: 2

Study hours

Scheduled: 20 x 1-hour Lectures; 10 x 3-hour practicals. Independent: 88 hours assignment work; 12 hours private study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Laboratory Practicals weighted 20%
2,000 word laboratory report
Individual written report based on advanced laboratory practicals undertaken

2: Group Project weighted 30%
2,500 word problem-based group report
Student-led, group-based, advanced geotechnical problem-solving exercise incorporating remedial recommendations and cost benefit analysis

3: Essay weighted 50%
2000 word Essay
Students will produce a 2,000 word essay where they must expand upon material covered in the lectures with a synthesis of published literature, case studies and data. Guidance on topics/themes/titles and associated information will be given.