TGB4185 - Engineering Geology, Basic Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Material properties of rocks, rock masses and soils. Jointing of rocks. Weakness zones and gouge materials. Stresses in rock masses. Engineering geological investigations. Design of underground structures. Classification of rock masses. Stability problems and support measures for tunnels, underground openings and slopes. Formation of different types of deposits by erosion, weathering and transcretion / regression. Classification. Physical and chemical properties. Characteristic features including weathering soil, moraine, friction soil, cohesive soil and podzol. Regional distribution. Application of rocks and soils.

Learning outcome

The course will provide the students with basic knowledge and understanding in the most central part of engineering geology, rock and soil.

When the course is fulfilled the student is able to describe the engineering properties of rock and soil materials, debris generation and distribution, and the geological factors affecting the stability of a facility on and in the soil. Furthermore, the student can give an account of engineering geological investigations, engineering, stability of slopes and protection of underground facilities, etc.

Based on lectures and exercises, students will be able to conduct basic engineering geological assessments and analyzes and to interpret formation and understand the properties of different soils. Students should be familiar with the main analyzes and methods in the lab and in the field and should have an understanding of the importance of engineering geology related to technical issues during construction.

General competencies:
When the course is fulfilled the student is able to perform basic engineering geological assessments and analyses, and to understand the relevance of engineering geology in complex projects in and on rock and soils.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, excursions and demonstrations in laboratory. Obligatory tutorials including classification of soils and rocks, use of air photos and geological maps, engineering geological problems related to design and stability. The course will be taught in Norwegian. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Compendia, geological maps and map descriptions, slides or notes from lectures.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG0535 7.5
MNGGEOL107 7.5 01.09.2008
TGB5110 7.5 01.09.2016
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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