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VGE370 - Engineering geology
Syllabus adopted 2011-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKVOV
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering

The current course round has limited places. Please contact the student center if you are not able to add the course to your selection.
Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: LA
Maximum participants: 130

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0104 Examination 4,5 c Grading: TH   4,5 c   26 May 2014 am V,  17 Jan 2014 pm V,  21 Aug 2014 am V
0204 Laboratory 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    
0304 Field trip 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

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TKVOV CIVIL ENGINEERING, Year 1 (compulsory)


Professor  Lars Rosén


VGE010   Engineering geology

Course evaluation:


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

The course assumes upper secondary school in science.


As a civil engineer you will deal with construction and environmental work in rock, earth and water, urbanization etc. In order to make correct decisions in such contexts you will need to have basic knowledge so as to be able to understand and make use of the geological conditions in an appropriate and sensible way.

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

* Describe graphically and in wording the fundamental processes of soil and rock formation. * Perform an overview field mapping of soil and rock conditions. * Identify from samples and field observations the most common minerals and rock types in Sweden. * Describe graphically and in wording the formation of joints and crushed zones in rocks. * Identify from samples and field observations the most common soil types in Sweden. * Describe graphically and in wording the common soil stratigraphies in Sweden. * Apply the system for grain size classification. * Use a geological map for a general assessment of the soil and rock conditions in an engineering context. * Make a general assessment of groundwater quantity and quality in a Swedish aquifer. * Describe fundamental chemical processes in geology. * Apply chemical equilibrium and the water chemistry in geology.


The earth, Plate tectonics, Minerals, Igneous rocks, Sedimentary rocks, Metamorphosis & amp; metamorphic rocks, Tectonics and structural geology, Regional hard rock geology, Wethering, Erosion, Material transport, Quaternary geology, Regional quaternary geology, Groundwater, Engineering geology, Energy & natural resources. Chemical bonds. Chemical equilibrium. Acid - base. Solubility product. Buffer capacity. The carbonate system. Soil acidification & critical loads. Chemical weathering, Groundwater chemistry.


To reach the objectives the course contains: - Lectures - Exercises on geological materials (B1, B2, J1 & J2) Compulsory items: - Oral examination on geological materials - Oral examination on chemistry - Problem exercise in chemistry - Method exercises (UM1, UM2 , UM3, JL1 & JL2) - Geological field excursion (4 days in Västergötland)


* Geobiosfären - en introduktion. Per-Gunnar Andréasson (red.). Studentlitteratur. Sold by Cremona. * Memos and instructions available at the course home page.


Written examination is descriptive. This means that success percents are: 3 - 55-69%, 4 - 70-84%, 5 > 85%. To be allowed to written examination compulsory exercises ond oral exmination of geological materials maut be passed. When all compulsory items are passed the final grade will be reported.

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