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Before choosing course

The course gives basic knowledge in general and applied geology, hydrogeology and geotechnical engineering. It comprises basic knowledge of principles and theories within geological processes, soil mechanics and geotechnical applications within infrastructural planning and construction.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus AE1102 (Autumn 2010–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Formation of rock and soil. Landforms due to recent and previous geological processes, their formation, occurrence. Physical and chemical composition of rock and soil (mineralogy, petrology). Rock and soil stratigraphy. Swedish rock and soil conditions. Soil water, unsaturated and saturated conditions, pore water pressure. Usefulness of rock and soil materials, geological maps. Technical properties of rock and soil, especially soil mechanics, methods for ground improvement, geotechnical investigations, interpretation of geotechnical data.

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims to give basic knowledge of the physical and chemical composition of soil and rock material, its technical properties and classification systems. The students will get ability to understand the geological and hydrogeological processes, geological history, earth composition and stratigraphy, as a basis for sustainable land use, including soil- and groundwater and its importance for stability and transport. Basic knowledge of soil mechanics and soil ground improvement methods, ability to use and interpret geological and geotechnical data including risk assessment for mass movement hazards.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

AI1137 or AI1136 Introduction to the Planning and Building Process, and SH1010 Physics for the built environment

Recommended prerequisites

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  • Lundqvist J 2006: Geologi. Processer-Utveckling-Tillämpning. Studentlitteratur.
  • Kompendium i geoteknik

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Approved written examination (TEN1; 4,5 cr). Approved exercises including field-trip (ÖVN1; 1,5 cr)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AE1102

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Building and Civil Engineering Structures, Fluid Mechanics for Built Environment besides Hydrology.


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