Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)

Higher education credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Level: G1 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VTGA05 overlap following cours/es: VTG040, VTGA01, VTG040, VTGA01, VTG040, VTGA01, VTG040 och VTGA01. Compulsory for: W1. Course coordinator: Conny Svensson,, Teknisk geologi. Assessment: Written examination and compulsory excursions. Home page:

The aim is to present basics of general geology, hydrogeology and enginering geology. The course has a scientific geological base but is also focusing on environmental and ecological aspects including general engineering geology.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- be able to give an account of the most common geological materials - minerals, rocks and soils - especially unconsolidated quaternary deposits of Sweden and their genesis, occurence, landscape morhology and terrain position, stratification and material properties as permeability and frost properties.

- be able to understand how to read a geological map, how to construct a principal geological section - a type section - and thus describe a rock mass in three dimensions.

- be familiar with the relationship between geological conditions and ecological conditions.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

- be able to identify the most common minerals, rocks and soils.


Minerals, rocks and soils - genesis, occurence and properties. Stratification of quaternary glacial deposits and rock mass structures.

Connection between landscape morphology - genesis - material composition - properties.

Groundwater genesis, occurence, flow and quality as a function of geological environment.

Introduction to field investigations, geological materials in the urban and rural planning and construction processes and geology in civil engineering.

On the connection between geology and ecology, such as more mineral chemistry, weathering processes, soil horizon genesis, postglacial geological development and paleoecology.


Exercises on soils, minerals and rocks, executed as self study exercises with only a limited access of teachers in a semipermanent geological collection available during the entire course.

Geological map exercise.

Groundwater exercise.


1. Geological excursion in Scania

2. Geological-ecological excursion in Scania

Svensson, C. Kompendium i Teknisk Geologi. KFS 2009. As a
supplement to the course literature, a documentary report of a
geological field trip: "Conny Svenssons Ingenjörsgeologiska exkursion"
is available for technology students via the Internet.
Svensson, C. Geologi och ekologi - några synpunkter. Teknisk Geologi, LTH 2010.