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Course unit
INL1000752, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track SOIL, WATER AND ENVIRONMENT [001PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENVIRONMENTAL GEOTECHNICS
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARCO FAVARETTI ICAR/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/07 Geotechnics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2010 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 2018 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 FAVARETTI MARCO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Geotechnics
Target skills and knowledge: The course deals with some of the main geotechnical engineering applications in the environment and land protection. In particular, two topics are considered as the stability of natural and artificial slopes and the geotechnical aspects related to the design and construction of solid waste landfills.
Examination methods: Written test containing n.3 exercises and/or theory questions. The written test lasts 90 minutes. An oral test must be pass successfullyFor a final vote higher than 28/30 .
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of the student level will be based on an understanding of the topics of the lectures, on the acquisition of concepts, theories and methodologies on which it is based geotechnical engineering and the ability to apply them in specific exercises.
Course unit contents: SLOPE STABILITY: Peak, critical and residual shear strength of soils. Infinite and limited height slopes. Classification of landslides. Landslides monitoring (inclinometers, piezometers, etc.). Static and dynamics conditions, Safety factors according to limit equilibrium methods. COMPACTION: theory, geotechnical properties and structure of compacted soils, field compaction equipment. In situ and laboratory permeability and shear tests on compacted samples.LANDFILL: Design concepts and construction layout. Top and bottom natural and syntetic barriers. Shear strength and compressibility of municipal and industrial solid waste. Slurry walls. GEOSYNTHETICS: designing with geotextiles, geogrids, geonets, geomembranes, geosynthetic clay liners etc.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The educational activities will be developed through lectures and exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: the teacher will provide the student essays and powerpoint presentations on the e-learning platform Moodle
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Abramson L.W, Lee T.S., Sharma S. & Boyce G.M., Slope Stability and Stabilization Methods. USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Qian X., Koerner R.M. & Gray D.H., Geotechnical Aspects of Landfill Design and Construction. USA: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Holtz R., Kovacs W.D. & Sheahan T.C., An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering. USA: Pearson, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sharma H.D. & Lewis S.P., Waste Containment Systems, Waste Stabilization and Landfills. USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1991. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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