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Module Code: CEN303
Module Title: Foundation Engineering
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: CEN204
To ensure that students have adequate knowledge relating to foundation design.
Learning outcomes 
Knowledge and Understanding

A The principles of the design of reinforced concrete foundations including pads, strips, piles, pile caps and retaining walls.

B Typical construction methods.

C Structural stability and foundation engineering health & safety.

Intellectual Abilities

D Design of gravity foundations.

E Design of retaining walls.

F Design of piling foundations.

Practical Skills

G Design foundations with and without using computer programs.

General Transferable Skills

H Organisation of study and use of magazines and academic journals.

I Independent work in the computer laboratory using on-line resources.

Method of teaching and learning 
The module is taught through formal lectures and class tutorials.
Lecture 1 – Introduction

1. What is a foundation

2. Selection and design of foundations

3. Foundation types

4. Construction methods

5. Other concerns

6. Test – design without computers

Lecture 2 – Pad foundation

1. Determine the size of the pad

2. Calculate the ultimate soil bearing pressures

3. Assume a base depth and carry out preliminary punching shear check

4. Design for bending

5. Use bending steel to carry out final punching shear check

6. Design for normal shear

7. Overall stability check and detailing

Lecture 3 – Strip and raft foundations

Lecture 4 – Pile foundation

Lecture 5 – Strut and tie model

1. Pile cap design

2. Tutorial

Lecture 6 – Retaining wall

1. Equilibrium

2. Structural design

Lecture 7 – Temporary earth work

1. Fundamental considerations

2. Groundwater control

3. Support of excavations

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     2      47  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Examination 80.00
2 Coursework 20.00

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