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Geotechnics (3 cr)

Code: RAK2D1-3006

General information


30.07.2021 - 12.09.2021


30.08.2021 - 17.10.2021


3 op

Teaching languages

  • Finnish

Degree programmes

  • Degree Programme in Construction Engineering


  • Arto Saariaho
  • Jorma Tuomisto

Scheduling groups

  • Pienryhmä 1 (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)
  • Pienryhmä 2 (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)

Student groups

  • RAK20

Education groups

  • Pienryhmä 1
  • Pienryhmä 2


Competence in the construction process
Students understand the role of geotechnics as part of a construction project, and take into consideration their effect on the total cost of the project.

Competence in structural engineering
Students have basic knowledge of the formation of the soil and bedrock, of the composition of the various types of soil and of their suitability as a foundation for construction. They have basic knowledge of foundations built on soil and rock and of the relevant work methods. Students know how to seek information independently to develop their quality management competence.


- Finnish soil and bedrock
- Types of soil
- Soil properties
- Load capacity and the stability of subsoil structural design
- Ground pressure
- Regulations and instructions
- Laboratory work


Jääskeläinen R. Geotekniikan perusteet

Building Information Foundation index (partly); lecturer’ own material.

Teaching methods

Lectures, laboratory work, assignments and excursion.

Student workload

Total work load of the course: 80 h

Evaluation scale


Assessment criteria, satisfactory (1)

The student knows the basic things about the formation of the soil and bedrock as well as the composition of soil. The student knows the applicability of different types of soil as a building ground and understands its importance in a construction project.

Assessment criteria, good (3)

The student knows the bearing strength, stability and contraction of soil and understands its importance in construction. The student is able to pay attention to soil pressure and its requirements.

Assessment criteria, excellent (5)

The student has a good command of what they have learned and is able to apply it. They can also analyze the connections between different things. The student can make diversified analyses and draw conclusions based on what they have learned.

Assessment methods and criteria

For the interim tests and the assignments, the assessment scale is 1-5; for the laboratory work pass/fail. The tests account for 80 % and the assignments for 20% of the final grade. In the tests, students must pass 40% of the maximum.


Structural Mechanics, Basics of structural design.