Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


1. Student can plan ground surveys and interpret the results of investigations and based on this choose an appropriate founda-tion method for different ground conditions and can calculate its bearing capacity.
2. Student can calculate stability of excavations and embankments and select suitable ground improvement method.
3. Student identifies the most common ground improvements methods and relevant earth construction techniques.
4. Student can select correct drainage and frost protection method for buildings and sites.
5. Student learns to use the geotechnical calculation tools and to solve stability and settlement problems.
6. Student learns critical thinking and problem solving.
7. Students learns to do design using modern and traditional meth-ods and report the results.
8. Student identities as an expert and developer of the field
9. Understand the problems of the field from the point of view of users and technical and social systems, as well as from that of the environment

Credits: 5

Schedule: 24.10.2022 - 07.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Leena Korkiala-Tanttu, Henry Gustavsson

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Ground investigations. Foundation methods. Bearing capacity of soils and structures loaded by earth pressure. Earth construction methods. Dewatering buildings and construction site. Pipelines and their foundation methods. Frost protection. Ground improvement methods. Secondary materials.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, compulsory exercises. Examination and exercises.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Total 132h (5cr):

    Lectures 26h

    Exercises 14h

    Homeworks 50h

    Independent study 46h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the course will take place on Sisu (