Syllabus for Soil Mechanics and Engineering Geology

Geoteknik och byggnadsgeologi

  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GV047
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2012-03-08
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2020-06-08
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements:

    Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology, 10 credits. 10 credits in mathematics are recommended.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the use of unconsolidated soils in building and construction technology, and describe basic concepts in soil science
  • Describe and classify the bedrock and its structure in terms of its technical characteristics for construction on and in bedrock. Describe the prevalence and use of rock and aggregate material, including processes
  • Describe the stress field in bedrock and tunnelling and reinforcement methods
  • Describe soil behaviour during compression and shear
  • Describe the main features of geotechnical design.


Engineering geology: The Quaternary stratas occurrence and use as construction and aggregate material. The Swedish bedrock structure, rock types and technical properties of rock when building in bedrock and using aggregates. Rock reinforcement methods.

Soil science: soil composition and classification. The soil's structural composition.

Basic mechanics. Rock Mechanics: Rock stress state, dimensioning of reinforcement. Calculations in rock mechanics.

Soil behaviour: Stress conditions in soil. Compression and shear of soil. Movement in soil.

Soil mechanics: Consolidation subsidence, bearing capacity, pressure, slope stability. Field and laboratory methods in soil mechanics. Soil stabilisation methods

Geotechnical investigation and design.


Lectures, exercises, laboratory work and excursions.


Laboratory reports and excursion report (3 credits), exercises (4 credits), written exam (3 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.

Last modified: 2022-04-26