Course syllabus


VTGF05, 6 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2018/19
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2018-03-27

General Information

Compulsory for: BI3
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

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


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

Surface water, precipitation and flooding. 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 - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination, compulsory assignment and compulsory geological excursion.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


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

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Gerhard Barmen,
Further information: In the time plan below excursion hours have been presented as laboratory hours (L).