Course syllabus


VTGF05, 6 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 1
Date of Decision: 2012-05-02

General Information

Compulsory for: BI2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim is to present basic environmental knowledge concerning geological and geotechnical conditions and thus an understanding of how both natural processes and human activities are risks in todays society. Special focus is made on Swedish conditions where groundwater protection and landslide processes are treated.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

- be familiar with basics of geology and especially geology of Sweden

concerning soils, rocks, groundwater, surface water and topography.

- be able to understand the relationship between contamination of soils, rocks and groundwater to different contaminant sources and structural geological situations.

- be able to understand basics of soil mechanics and especially slope stability.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

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

- be able to analyse a principal section - a type section - to estimate the need of groundwater protection and slope stability.

- be able to identify the most common geological soil materials.

- be able to assess transport patterns and to calculate transport times of contaminants in ground and groundwater.


Minerals. Rocks. Soils - genesis and general properties. Glacial geology and quaternary geology of Sweden. Natural disasters and geological disasters. Earthquakes and volcanoes.

Groundwater - aquifers, flow, quality and vulnerability. Transport of pollutants in soils, rocks and groundwater. Groundwater protection.

Basic soil mechanics. Soil strength and bearing capacity. Slope stabilty. Monitoring of slope stability. Dams and dam failure. Soil mechanical aspects of floodings.

Engineering geological excursion in southwest Scania, Sweden.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination and compulsory geological excursion.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VTGA05, VTG040, VTGA01

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetsadjunkt Conny Svensson,
Further information: In the time plan below excursion hours have been presented as laboratory hours (L).