William S. Dershowitz
General overview of engineering geology and its importance to civil engineers. Topics include geologic processes, hazards, subsurface investigations, classification of geologic materials, data synthesis, and natural construction materials.
Engineering Geology will provide the essential geologic background for all geotechnical projects, whether civil, mining, or environmental. The course will cover basic geologic principals, field evaluation of rock and soil engineering properties, and geological aspects of slope, foundation, and underground construction.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Instruction will be provide primarily through lectures, supplemented by readings from the course text and two required field trips. Three quizes and four problem sets will be required. There will be no final exam.
The course does not require geologic background. However, the some familiarity with geologic terminology is prefered. The source does assume knowlege of engineering mechanics concepts of strengh, elasticity, plasticity, and permeability.
Class assignments and grading