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Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.


Syllabus for

Academic year
BOM035 - Modelling and problem solving in geo- and water engineering
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPIEE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   16 Jan 2016 am H,  04 Apr 2016 pm SB,  15 Aug 2016 pm SB

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Bitr professor  Åsa Fransson


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

The same as for the master programme Infrastructure and environmental engineering


 To further train the students in modelling as a fundamental methodology for problem solving in geo and water engineering.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- understand the framework of conceptual modelling in engineering practice
- express the main characteristics of different types of engineering models 
- choose between different models to solve a problem at hand 
- apply different types of models on basic but fundamental geo and water engineering problems 


- Conceptual modelling 
- Different types of mathematical models 
- Different methods for numerical modelling 
- Modelling of uncertainties 
- Verification of models 
- Application of models on geo and water engineering problems
- Validation of results from modelling


The course consists of a number of combined lectures/excercises. A major part of the course is a project where the students work together in groups to solve an open geo or water problem. 


The literature consists of handout paper copies, which covers the different subjects in the course. The handouts will also be available as Pdf-files on the course's homepage. 


The course is evaluated on the basis of the project by each group of students and a written examination concerning basic theory and concepts. Delivery of solutions to computer exercises is compulsory.

Published: Wed 26 Feb 2020.