296 - Degree in Geology
26436 - Engineering Geology
Información del Plan Docente
26436 - Engineering Geology
Faculty / School:
100 - Facultad de Ciencias
296 - Degree in Geology
1.1. Aims of the course
In this course the main objectives are that the prospective student acquires a series of professional competencies in the field of engineering geology, with appreciation of the importance of geology in civil engineering, whilst embracing the ethical compromise of a fully fledged professional geologist.
1.2. Context and importance of this course in the degree
This course is usually undertaken in the fourth year of the degree. Therefore, the students are expected to already have wide geological knowledge, and to be skilled at using the necessary tools -both physical and conceptual- usually fielded in geology.
1.3. Recommendations to take this course
This course is among the courses devoted to those applied aspects of Geology. It requires some familiarity with solving numerical problems, as usual in Physics or Mathematics, and the ability to integrate the studied topics within the wider scope of matters learned in other courses. It is recommended to have successfully passed courses on physics and structural geology in previous years. It is recommended, as well, to assist to all lectures and the rest of activities, to keep a daily routine of work in order to fulfil the deadlines for papers and questionaries, and to make use of tutorial times.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- plan basic geological surveying according the to the engineering goal.
- interpret results from a variety of tests.
- perform basic calculations on surface and underground hydrology for civil engineering.
2.2. Learning goals
To successfully pass this course the student will achieve to…
… know concepts and basic terminology on this discipline
… know geomechanical parameters and usual geomechanical classifications of rock masses
… know the fundamental on geology surveying for civil engineering works
… know the methodology on surface and underground hydrology for engineering applications
3.1. Assessment tasks (description of tasks, marking system and assessment criteria)
1. Assessment activities
1. Questionaries (running test): at the end of each lecture the student must answer one or more questions related to the topic at hand.
2. Practicals: At the end of each practical session the student will either present the results, or answer on a or more questions about it.
3. Written test. Near the end of the term there will be a test (about 4h long) with question and/or problems to evaluate the understanding of the course. The student may consult books, course notes, etc.
Students that failed to follow the course, and those that wish to, have the right to a global evaluation test. It consist on a written test, alike the previously described, and an it may include additional test where the student will show his/her skills with geophysical instruments.
2. Assessment criteria or Course Grade Distribution
Continous evaluation mode
grade=(test x 0.7)+(continous ev. x 0.3), where “continuous ev.” referees to (classroom questions + additional problems) x 0.5
grade=(written test x 0.7)+(additional test x 0.3)
4.1. Methodological overview
The methodology followed in this course is oriented towards the achievement of the learning objectives. A wide range of teaching and learning tasks are implemented, such as lectures, laboratory sessions, tutorials, seminars and fieldwork.
4.2. Learning tasks
This course is organized as follows:
- Lectures (1.5 ECTS). Learning of concepts, descriptions and calculations bases.
- Tutorials and seminars (0.5 ECTS)
- Laboratory sessions (1.3 ECTS). Problems will be solved.
- Fieldwork (1.2 ECTS) Learning of procedures is the focus of study in fieldwork.
This course will address the following topics:
- Topic 1. Rock mass characterisation and classification.
- Topic 2. Rock slope stability.
- Topic 3. Surface hydrology in civil engineering.
- Topic 4. Monitoring slopes.
- Topic 5. Tunnels.
- Topic 6. Dams.
- Topic 7. Roads.
- Topic 8. Special terrains.
- Characterization of rock massif (1 day of field). Surroundings of Alpartir (Zaragoza), fractured paleozoic massif.
- Special visits to works and cases (2 days of field). The visit places will take shape taking care of the existing availabilities at the time of accomplishment of the exit of field.
- Session 1: Planning of a prospection for a concrete work. Case: Railcar.
- Session 2. Ground classification: properties and objectives. Case: Embankments. Terraplenes.
- Session 3. Rock slope stability: kinematic analysis.
- Session 4. Rock slope stability: dynamic analysis.
- Session 5. Hydrometeorological and probabilistic methods applied to the calculation of peak flows.
- Session 6. Tests and methods of analysis on special terrains.
4.4. Course planning and calendar
Lectures will start on the first academic week and laboratory sessions in the following week.
Further information concerning the timetable, classroom, office hours, assessment dates and other details regarding this course will be provided on the first day of class or please refer to the Faculty of Sciences and Earth Sciences Department websites (https://ciencias.unizar.es, https://cienciastierra.unizar.es) and Moodle.