Engineering Earth Science

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Engineering Earth Science

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Earth Science Level 2

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    Short Description
    Detailed theoretical and practical experience of the application of earth science to the engineering geology and geotechnical/environmental engineering industries

    Course Aims
    To provide a detailed theoretical and practical account of the application of earth science to the engineering geology and geotechnical/environmental engineering industries.
    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    Geotechnology of Superficial Deposits/Soil Mechanics
    - Outline the nature of deposition of superficial deposits and their engineering properties with respect to foundations, structures, stability of soil/sediment, and water movement

    Intrusive ground investigation
    - Explain the main methods, equipment and testing used in intrusive ground investigations (including the set-up, drilling and logging of a borehole and a trial pit)
    - Describe soil and core samples in accordance with British Standards regulations and produce borehole and trial pit logs both in the field and using computer software packages

    Geotechnical and environmental testing
    - To evaluate the geotechnical properties of superficial deposits and use engineering calculations to assess whether structures may be supported on shallow foundations, or whether piling and/or ground improvement is required
    - To explain the principles of risk-based assessment of contaminated land and undertake qualitative and quantitative environmental risk assessments

    Factual and interpretative reporting
    - Use geological and historical maps and undertake a walkover survey, in order to assess the ground conditions and historical development of a site and identify geotechnical and environmental constraints to development
    - Design an intrusive ground investigation, targeted to assess geotechnical and environmental problems
    - Make geotechnical and environmental assessments based on ground investigation data

    Earth Science and Construction
    - Outline the engineering requirements, problems of slope stability and water runoff systems encountered in road construction
    - Recall the nature, extraction and uses of stone in the UK building industry
    - Explain the techniques and problems of tunnelling and of the stabilisation and lining of tunnels
    - Describe the nature, history and uses of grouting and grout materials

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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