Syllabus for Soil Mechanics and Engineering Geology

Geoteknik och byggnadsgeologi

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 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: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2014-04-07
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2014
  • Entry requirements: Rocks and Quaternary Deposits
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

Upon 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
  • Analyse simple slope stability in both undrained to drained conditions and describe methods to temporarily or permanently stabilise rock and soil
  • Describe soil behaviour during compression and shear
  • Apply computational methods for the determination of movement in granular and cohesive soils, active and passive pressure against retaining structures and stress conditions in soil profiles
  • 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. Mandatory attendance of scheduled exercises, laboratories and excursions.


Approved laboratory reports and approved excursion report (3 ECTS), approved exercises (4 ECTS), written exam (3 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 36, 2014

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Axelsson, Kennet Introduktion till geotekniken

    Institutionen för geovetenskaper, 2004


Last modified: 2022-04-26