MG5009 – Engineering Site Investigation

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Module code
MG5009
Module title
Engineering Site Investigation
Prescription
To introduce the fundamentals of soil composition, the engineering properties of soils, and site investigation procedures.
Programmes
  • SC1001
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
15
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
75
Self directed hours
75
Total learning hours
150
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Describe soil composition and calculate soil phase ratios
2. Determine basic engineering properties of soils
3. Classify soils in the field and from laboratory results
4. Describe and evaluate methods to improve the engineering properties of soils
5. Plan geotechnical site investigations and interpret the results
Content
• Soil composition
• Soil tests: grading analysis, plasticity characteristics (LL, PL, PI, CPL, SL), compaction
• Soil classification – unified classification system
• Soil compaction and stabilisation, Shear strength of soils, California Bearing Ratio (CBR)
• Subsoil investigations, soil description; soil sampling; in-situ testing; safety