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General information:
Name:
Engineering geology
Course of study:
2015/2016
Code:
BGG-2-306-GI-s
Faculty of:
Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection
Study level:
Second-cycle studies
Specialty:
Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
Field of study:
Mining and Geology
Semester:
3
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
Course homepage:
 
Responsible teacher:
dr hab. inż. Duda Robert (duda@agh.edu.pl)
Academic teachers:
prof. dr hab. Marschalko Marian (marschalko@agh.edu.pl)
Module summary

Student has knowledge about classification and characteristics of slope movements, factors affecting landslides, description and analysis of geodynamic processes occurring within the soil environment

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Social competence
M_K001 Student understands the effects of engineering activities on the environment and is aware of the responsibility for the effects of the actions and decisions in this regard GG2A_K02 Activity during classes,
Participation in a discussion
Skills
M_U001 Student is able to discuss Engineering geology and Geodynamics problems in English and participate in discussions in this regard GG2A_U05, GG2A_U04, GG2A_U01 Activity during classes,
Participation in a discussion
Knowledge
M_W001 Student has knowledge about the principles of planning engineering geologic research, especially in the field of geodynamics and landslide research. GG2A_W04 Essay,
Activity during classes
M_W002 Student has knowledge about classification and characteristics of slope movements, and geogenic factors affecting landslides. GG2A_W01 Essay,
Activity during classes
M_W003 The student knows the methods, techniques and tools used to evaluate the physico-mechanical parameters of the soil. GG2A_W10, GG2A_W11 Essay,
Activity during classes
M_W004 The student is knowledgeable in the description and analysis of geodynamic processes occurring within the soil environment GG2A_W01 Essay,
Activity during classes
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
Others
E-learning
Social competence
M_K001 Student understands the effects of engineering activities on the environment and is aware of the responsibility for the effects of the actions and decisions in this regard + - - - - - - - - - -
Skills
M_U001 Student is able to discuss Engineering geology and Geodynamics problems in English and participate in discussions in this regard + - - - - - - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 Student has knowledge about the principles of planning engineering geologic research, especially in the field of geodynamics and landslide research. + - - - - - - - - - -
M_W002 Student has knowledge about classification and characteristics of slope movements, and geogenic factors affecting landslides. + - - - - - - - - - -
M_W003 The student knows the methods, techniques and tools used to evaluate the physico-mechanical parameters of the soil. + - - - - - - - - - -
M_W004 The student is knowledgeable in the description and analysis of geodynamic processes occurring within the soil environment + - - - - - - - - - -
Module content
Lectures:

  • Engineering geology, soil science – introduce, terminology. Rock cycle and the orgin of soil. Phases of soils. Identification and classification of soil.
  • Physical and chemical properties of soil; mechanical properties of soil.
  • Subsoil exploration (drilling, probing, …). Sampling by drilling and excavation and groundwater measurements . Field testing. Geotechnical investigation.
  • Slope movements. Classification and characteristics of slope movements.
  • Geogenic factors affecting landslides – morphological conditions, geological structure.
  • Physical factors affecting landslides – climatic conditions, groundwater activity, weathering, effects of freezing, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes.
  • Anthropogenic factors – construction activity, man-made vibrations, removal of vegetation, underground mininig, open pit mining.
  • Methods of engineering geology survey for landslides – primary reconnaissance, preliminary survey, detailed survey, additional survey, one-stage survey.
  • Engineering geology mapping.
  • Geophysical Survey. Hydrogeological Survey. Technical Surveying.
  • Field testing to determine rock properties.
  • Geotechnical monitoring of landslides. Monitoring of movement on the surface and in depth, geodetic surveying, extensometric surveying, surveying in cracks.
  • Measuring of sliding plane activity and movement in depth. Precise inclinometry.
  • Probing for position changes. Extensometers. Other methods.
  • Monitoring of outflow from drainage elements and pressure on supporting structures.
  • Methods of protective and saving measures and their monitoring.
  • Modification of slope shape, drainage of slope, protection of slope from weathering and erosion, consolidation of rocks and soils, technical stabilization and saving measures, screen walls and galleries, consolidation of slope surface, supporting and breast walls, anchoring of rock walls, grouting, pile and underground walls, combination of stabilization elements, special measures.
  • Foundation engineering in landslide areas.
  • Undermining of soil. Geodynamic problems arising from undermining of soil.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 80 h
Module ECTS credits 3 ECTS
Participation in lectures 30 h
Preparation for classes 5 h
Realization of independently performed tasks 20 h
Preparation of a report, presentation, written work, etc. 25 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

final grade = (grade from written work/essay *0.8) + (activity in class and discussion *0.2)

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

knowledge of fundamentals of Geodynamics and Engineering geology (HGI or GI module); knowledge of English at level B+

Recommended literature and teaching resources:
  • Bell F.G., 2006 – Engineering Geology, 2nd Edition
  • Hencher S., 2012 – Practical Engineering Geology, CRC Press
  • Waltham T., 2009 – Foundations of Engineering Geology, 3rd Edition
  • Eurocod 7
  • Migaszewski Z., Gałuszka A., 2010. Słownik angielsko-polski, polsko-angielski. Geologia. Wyd. Naukowe PWN, Warszawa
  • Pasierbiewicz K. W., 2006. Geological english. AGH Uczelniane Wydawnictwa Naukowo-Dydaktyczne, Kraków
Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:
  • Yilmaz I., Marschalko M., 2014 – The effect of different types of water on the swelling behaviour of expansive clays. Bulletin of Engineering Geology and the Environment, DOI: 10.1007/s10064-014-0598-4
  • Yilmaz I., Keskin I., Marschalko M., 2015 – Rock mass parameter based doline susceptibility mapping in gypsum terrain. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, DOI: 10.1144/qjegh2014-087
  • Krejsa M., Janas P. Yilmaz I., Marschalko M., 2013 – The Use of the Direct Optimized Probabilistic Calculation Method in Design of Bolt Reinforcement for Underground and Mining Workings. The Scientific World Journal,
  • Marschalko M., Yilmaz I., Křístková V., Fuka M., Bednarik M., Kubečka K., 2012 – Determination of actual limit angles to the surface and their comparison with the empirical values in the Upper Silesian Basin (Czech Republic). Engineering Geology, 124, 130–138
  • Marschalko M., Yilmaz I., Křístková V., Fuka M., Kubečka K., Bouchal T., 2012 – An indicative method for determination of the most hazardous changes in slopes of the subsidence basins in underground coal mining area in Ostrava (Czech Republic). Environmental Monitoring and Assessment,
  • Marschalko M., Yilmaz I., Bednárik M., Kubečka K., 2012 – Influence of underground mining activities on the slope deformation genesis: Doubrava Vrchovec, Doubrava Ujala and Staric case studies from Czech Republic. Engineering Geology, 147/148, 37–51.
  • Marschalko M., Yilmaz I., Bednárik M., Kubecka K., Bouchal T., 2012 – Subsidence map of underground mining influence for urban planning: an example from the Czech Republic. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology, v.45, p.231-241.
Additional information:

General rules of attendance and their passage are defined in the AGH University Regulations.
It is recommended to attend lectures.
Alignment of arrears resulting from the student’s absence from classes – absence from classes requires the student to master the material completed in this classes.
Principle and term of credit:
a) the basic deadline for getting a pass is the last one in a given semester,
b) the basis for the pass is a positive assessment of the written work/essay in the subject matter area