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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENG3137
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: WOODS RI Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Unseen examination
·         Foundation design assignment
·         Soil slope stability analysis
Qualifying Condition(s)
An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview
Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2 and modules ENG1017 and ENG2075
Module Aims

This module aims to:
·         Provide students with basic analytical tools for designing both shallow and deep foundations, cut slopes and embankments- satisfying relevant stability and deformation criteria, and distinguishing between short and long-term conditions.
·         Impart an understanding of why slopes and foundations become unsafe, what the possible consequences are, and how the risk of failure can be managed.
·         Introduce relevant site investigation and in-situ testing methods for identifying ground conditions and determining parameters. 
·         Provide students with an understanding of some fundamental design issues through assignment work.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:


·         design a simple shallow (strip/pad) or deep (pile) foundation, to carry a specified imposed load, so that it has an adequate margin of safety against collapse, distinguishing between ultimate and allowable bearing capacity


·         predict the likely settlement of a simple shallow or deep foundation during its working life, distinguishing between immediate and long-term settlement


·         calculate the stability of a fill or cut slope, using an appropriate failure mechanism and drainage conditions and compare with suitability criteria


·         devise an appropriate drainage measure to improve the stability of a slope


Module Content

Foundation Engineering

- foundation types and construction methods

- limit states, safety, and drainage conditions

- bearing capacity of shallow and piled foundations

- settlement analysis for shallow and piled foundations

- practical design issues and case histories

Soil Slopes

- slope types, limit states and drainage conditions

- planar, circular and non-circular failure mechanisms

- force and moment equilibrium

- total and effective stress analysis

Design Parameters

- characteristic values
- laboratory and in-situ determination

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Teaching takes the form 24hrs of combined lecture/problem solving class on Foundations, and 12 hrs on Soil Slopes.  Each student will be expected to put in 64hrs of individual work on background reading, tutorials and coursework assignments. 

Total student learning time 100 hours.
Selected Texts/Journals
The module is supported by comprehensive printed notes; further reading includes:
Essential Reading
Required Reading
Managing Health and Safety in Construction, Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007. Approved Code of Practice L144 HSB Books 2007 ISBN 978 0 7176 6223 4.
Background Reading
Clayton CRI, Matthews MC and Simons NE, Site Investigation, 2nd ed, Blackwell Science, 1995. (ISBN 06320 29080) [Available as a free download from]
Simons NE and Menzies BK, A Short Course in Foundation Engineering, 2nd ed, Thomas Telford, 2000. (ISBN 07277 2942X)
Simons NE, Menzies BK and Matthews MC. A Short Course in Soil and Rock Slope Engineering, Thomas Telford, 2001. (ISBN 978-0727728715)
Tomlinson MJ, Foundation Design and Construction, 7th ed, Longman, 2001. (ISBN 978-0130311801)
Bond A and Harris A, Decoding Eurocode 7, Taylor and Francis, 2008. (ISBN 978-0415409483)

BS EN 1997 Eurocode 7 Geotechnical Design, British Standards Institution. [Available as a free download from BSI online]

Last Updated

29th September 2010