Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 12. Grading scale: TH. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VTVA01 overlap following cours/es: VTT090, VTT091, VTT090 och VTT091. Compulsory for: L1. Course coordinator: Åsa Knutson,, Trafikteknik. Assessment: Satisfactory written exam in the parts geology and infrastructure construction with water and wastewater treatment. Satisfactory project report. Participation in study trips. Satisfactory project tasks. The grading is based on the results of the exam, in which the parts are valued in proportion to the course. Parts: 2. Further information: Project work as an integration of the different disciplines.

Geology: to give basic knowledge in general and applied geology and hydrogeology to give a comprehension of how geologic preconditions may impact on building and construction questions.

Infrastructure construction and water and wastewater treatment: to give basic knowledge on countryside roads: planning, projecting, building, engineering and maintenance; basic knowledge on small scale water and wastewater constructions and wastewater treatment.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to describe the most common geological materials, especially the Swedish soil material, and their physical and technical characteristics like permeability and risk of frost damage.

Understand and describe how geological characteristics and preconditions can impact on roads and other building constructions

Have some comprehension of how geological preconditions can impact other environmental problems like exploitation and natural resource and water resource preservation.

Comprehensively describe how private and public water and wastewater network are constructed and function.

Read and understand drawings which normally are part of a smaller road project.

Comprehensively describe construction and characteristics in a flexible road construction in the secondary road net.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to execute a geological expectation model; i.e. read a geological map, draw a geological section with layer consequences and describe soil/rock in three dimensions.

Use the geological expectation model to assess land use ability concerning building technique, natural resources and ground water.

Assess appropriate road construction with regard to Swedish norms.

Comprehensively assess how the choise of road design impacts road users and environment.

Present a technical geological investigation in a written academic report.

Independently design and relocate a small wastewater construction.

Independently be able to seek information to sove specific problems within the subject.

The course has two parts:

Geology: Basic geology, especially different kind of soils in Sweden are presented. Emphasis is on “geological expectation model” and how to draw it up with help of a geological map and a section with layers. This is a material to assess land use concerning building technique, natural resources and ground water.

Infrastructure Construction: Three smaller projects are presented. Effects on the secondary road net in connection with a highway project; maintenance cost division; design of a smaller wastewater construction. Local preconditions shall be respected.

Kompendium i Teknisk geologi (
Kompendium i vägbyggnad.
Referenslitteratur: Ett kursbibliotek står till studenternas förfogande.
Svenska Språknämnden: Svenska skrivregler. Liber 2000.
Strömquist Siv Skrivboken. Gleerups 2002.


Code: 0108. Name: Geology.
Higher education credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Passed written exam. Contents: This examination refers to parts of the course concerning geological preconditions in connection with constructing issues.

Code: 0208. Name: Infrastructure Design.
Higher education credits: 7. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Passed written exam. Contents: The examination refers to parts of the courses concerning infrastructure construction and water and wastewater management.