Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TV445

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Technology A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2 May 2016
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits of which 90 credits should be in the main area of studies natural sciences or technology including the course Fluid mechanics.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Describe the origin and development of soils and main types and characteristics of Swedish bedrock
  • Describe the basic concepts in the properties of soils and also the development of coarse-grained and fine-grained soils
  • Determine the stress state in the soil profile and to describe the relationship between the strain and stress of soil in the case of the normal stresses and shear stresses
  • perform calculations of settling for a given overload and explain the concept of consolidation and perform simple consolidation calculations.
  • Calculate the failure state in granular and cohesive soils based on Mohr-Coulomb failure theory, be able to describe the concepts active and passive failure states, and analyse the stability of simpler slopes
  • Perform rock mechanics calculations
  • Describe different preliminary investigation methods and rock classification methods


Engineering geology: Glacial movement and geological impact. Formation of the Quaternary soil layers. Glacial and post-glacial soils. The Swedish bedrock.

Soil properties: soil components and classification. Structure of soils.

Mechanics of materials: Stress and strain under conditions of tension, compression and shear. Elastic, plastic and time-dependent material. Multi-axis stress state. Conditions of failure.

Soil Mechanics: Soil stress and deformationh. Tension in the soil-water system: total pressure, pore pressure and effective pressure. Soil compression. Soil shear and failure.

Soil Mechanics: Soil composition. The consolidation process. Soil's carrying capacity. Soil pressure. Soil slope stability.

Rock mechanics: Rock strength and deformation properties. Rock mechanics calculations. Rock classification.


Lectures, exercises, and an excursion


Approved reports and exercises (2 credits ), written exam (3 credits ).