Curriculum Structure


CV2013 Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics

[Lecture: 2 hrs per week ; Tutorial: 1 hr per week ; Lab: 0 hr ; Pre-requisite: Nil ; Academic Unit: 3.0 ]

Learning Objective :

This course aims to provide you with a basic knowledge of engineering geology, the essential concepts of the physical properties of soils as a civil engineering material and the fundamental principles of soil mechanics. It is the first of a series of three courses that will help you build an understanding on geotechnical engineering and its applications in civil engineering works.

Course Content :




Plate tectonics, minerals and rocks


Geological time scale. Soil forming processes


Geological structures; rock mass properties. Geological maps and geology of Singapore


Particle size, soil indices and soil classification


Phase relationships and soil compaction


Flow of water in soils, flow nets and effective stress concept


Soil compressibility and consolidation

Learning Outcome :

By the end of this course, you (as a student) should be able to:

  1. Identify and explain basic concepts in earth science which are pertinent to civil engineering.
  2. Extract 3-D information from geological maps; identify and describe geological structures and the geological processes related to the formation of different soils and rocks.
  3. Explain the factors affecting rock mass and soil properties.
  4. Identify and describe the physical and mechanical soil properties that control soil behavior.
  5. State the effective stress principle and describe how pore water pressure and seepage affect soil response.
  6. Apply basic modelling and analysis techniques used in soil engineering.

Reading and References :

  1. Lecture slides; and additional reading materials where needed.
  2. Recommended text and reference materials.