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AL1302 Geoscience and Geotechnical Engineering 7.5 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Civil Engineering and Urban Management, åk 2, Mandatory


P1 (7.5 hp)


26 Aug 2024
27 Oct 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students


Katti Grünfeld (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AL1302 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course activities consist of lectures, exercises and field studies.

The course covers landforms and formations as functions of recent and previous geological processes, behavior and physical and chemical (mineralogical) properties of soil materials.

Particular emphasis is placed on the structural structure of bedrock and soil layers and changes in soil properties in the short and long term. Basic knowledge of geological conditions in Sweden is addressed as well as the utilization of soil material. Particular emphasis is placed on survey methodology as well as skills in the interpretation and analysis of geodata (maps and diagrams). The exercises in this part include basic mineral, soil and rock knowledge as well as interpretation of geological data.

The course further covers the hydrological cycle and its constituent parts and terms, calculation methods for flows and water balances, basic statistical analysis of hydrological data, basic knowledge of the soil's water holding properties, groundwater movement under saturated and unsaturated conditions and pore water pressure.

Furthermore, the course deals with basic soil mechanical principles and theories, which are exemplified by some common applications in community building. The course also covers methodology for soil reinforcement, execution and interpretation of geotechnical investigations, as well as risk assessments for landslides and landslides in building planning.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

- describe the structure and composition of the earth and describe geological conditions in Sweden

- account for the properties and use of different soil and rock materials and identify, classify and compare minerals, rocks and soils commonly found in Sweden

- interpret geological maps and account for the structure of the soil and general layer sequences as well as previous and ongoing processes that shape and affect the landscape

- account for the presence and flow of water in the soil and related concepts, analyze and interpret hydrological data and make flow calculations

- interpret geological and geotechnical data from the most common exploration and sampling methods and assess the suitability of the methods

- analyze mass calculation problems and simple settlement problems

- describe the most common soil reinforcement methods in Sweden and assess when they are suitable for use

- account for the causes and course of landslides and landslides in soil, and propose appropriate preventive measures.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 6 credits completed in AI1527 Community building process including TEN2 (1.5 credits) and ÖVN2 (1.5 credits) which correspond to knowledge in natural resource technology and sustainable supply systems - physical conditions for land use (land, water and plant systems), technical supply systems (water, sewage and sewage) energy), consequences of land use, environmental assessments.

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • TENA - Written exam, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TENB - Written exam, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 2.0 credits, grading scale: 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.

All modules are compulsory, TENA and TENB can not be replaced.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

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Education cycle

First cycle

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Katti Grünfeld (

Transitional regulations

Students who have not completed TEN1 have the opportunity to be examined by writing TENA and TENB during the same exam period.