Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course aims to increase students knowledge and understanding of past and ongoing geological processes that can affect to engineered infrastructures and to the environment and provide them skills and knowledge how to apply this knowledge to engineering projects. They should have a knowledge of the physical, chemical, hydrological and mechanical properties of rocks and should have knowledge of investigation methods for determining rock mass properties and the strengths and weaknesses of such methods. Students should be able to propose site investigation programs and analyze the results in order to select favorable sites to purposes of groundwater extraction, rock aggregate production, landfills and waste management. Students should also be introduced to analysis of spatial and directional data. They should be able to construct site geological models by GIS and spatial modelling software tools and be able to interpret data represented on stereonets.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 02.03.2021 - 15.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Jussi Leveinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jussi Leveinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Mineral composition textures and their relation to engineering geological properties of rocks. Deformation structures and mechanisms, weathering and hydrothermal alteration processes and their impacts of engineering geological properties. Laboratory and field investigation methods for characterization of engineering geological properties of soils and rocks. Statistical analysis of directional data. Geospatial analysis and interpolation methods and site geological models

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exercises, exam

    Excercises 40 %, exam 60 % of the final grade

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr

    Lectures, exercises, exam

    24 h of lectures

    44 h weekly exercises and their preparation

    67 h individual studies


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Engineering geology, Principles and Practice, by Price D.G,Springer

    "Engineering Geology, rock in engineering,
    construction" by Richard E. Goodman, John Wiley & Sons, inc

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities



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