Geography

Soil and Rock Description and Site Investigation

Module code: 847F8
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Laboratory
Assessment modes: Coursework

Taught by Professor David Norbury, author of Soil and Rock Description, this module provides an introduction to methods of site investigation, logging of soil and rock core, sedimentology, stratigraphy, structure, and soil and rock testing. The latest standards and codes of practice, including Health and Safety, CDM and EC7 will be covered. The module is taught in the field and laboratory, where you get to log borehole cores donated to the lab.  Project work will comprise demonstration of soil and rock description in the field and laboratory, soil characterisation and testing, and preparation of factual reports.

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • report, review and evaluate the methodologies and problems of describing soils and rocks and carrying out site investigations, in accordance with Eurocodes.
  • collect, analyse and interpret primary data on soil and rock properties obtained from specific site investigations.
  • recognise and interpret the geological and geomorphological context of soils and rocks.                                                     
  • appraise the geomorphological processes that have affected or may affect in the future specific examples of soils and rocks examined in a site investigation

Module learning outcomes

  • Collect, analyse and interpret primary data on soil, sediment and rock properties obtained from section logging and cores collected in site investigations
  • Evaluate the geological and geomorphological context of soils, sediments and rocks
  • Report, review and evaluate the methodologies and problems of describing soils, sediments and rocks and carrying out site investigations, in accordance with Eurocodes
  • Appraise the geomorphological processes that have affected or may affect in the future soils, sediments and rocks examined in a site investigation