Course syllabus

Teknisk geologi
Engineering Geology

VTGA05, 5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2023-03-21

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: W1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


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.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must



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

Connection between landscape morphology, genesis, material composition, grain size and also soil and rock 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. The connection is emphasized as the course Terrestrial Ecology is given parallelly in time.


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


1. Engineering geological excursion in Scania for demonstration of geological deposits and their structure, composition and use.

2. Geological-ecological excursion in Scania in co-operation with the parallell course in Terrestrial Ecology in order to show the relationship between geological conditions and terrestrial ecology.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination and compulsory excursions.

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: VGTA01, VTGA01, VTGF05

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Joakim Robygd,
Course homepage:
Further information: In the time plan below excursion hours has been presented as laboratory hours (L). A teacher is available about 70 hours in the tutorial sample collection of the geolaboratory for learning discussions.