TGB4200 - Engineering Geology of Soils, Advanced Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 75/100 4 hours
Work 25/100

Course content

Main topics are distribution of different types of soil onshore and offshore Norway, stability, weathering, construction materials, area planning and utility of resources. The suitability of different soils in a environmental geology perspective (recipient of waste water, land fill, ground source heating and cooling etc.).

Learning outcome

Ingress: To give the students detailed knowledge of the sediment genesis, stability and distribution in selected areas and their properties as building sites and raw material.

Knowledge: This course aims to give the students a deeper understanding of the genesis of sediments, and their geological and technical properties. In addition, the students should understand landslides, stability of sediments, and sediments as a resource. The students should develop skills to perform advanced evaluations and analyses of sediments, and to understand the importance of sedimentary geological properties for complex projects.

Skills: Based on lectures and tutorials the students should have deeper understanding of sediments, and the importance of sedimentary properties in engineering geological projects. The students should have knowledge about geological analyses in the laboratory and in the field, as well as knowledge about relevant laws and regulations. After the course, students should be able to interpret the genesis of sediments based on elementary geological data, and to evaluate the properties of sediments (e.g. grain size, thickness, stability). Furthermore, the students should master literature searches in relevant databases and be able to compile knowledge about a topic in a scientific way. To achieve more practical skills, TGB4575 Engineering Geology Specialization Course is recommended as the next step.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, colloquia, and compulsory fieldwork (2 field trips during 3 days). The tutorials are a written literature project in cooperation with another student. The literature project counts 25% of the final grade. Fieldwork may be scheduled for a weekend. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Field course

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (75%) and evaluation of compulsory literature report (in groups, 25%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade. If there is a re-sit exam, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

TGB4185 Engineering Geology, Basic Course or equivalent.

Course materials

NGI (2014) Skred. Skredfare og sikringstiltak. Universitetsforlaget. ISBN 978-82-15-02391-5. In addition, selected topics from textbooks and journals.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG0540 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Geology
  • Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Work 25/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination (1) 75/100





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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen.

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