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HS1029 Geology and Soil Mechanics 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus HS1029 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • structure of the earth and geological processes
  • geology of Sweden
  • minerals and types of rocks
  • soil formation, structure, composition and classification
  • soil water and groundwater
  • geological maps
  • sustainability investigation methods
  • geotechnical sampling methods
  • effective stress in soil
  • soil settlement
  • earth pressure
  • slope stability
  • sustainability issues relevant for geotechnical constructions

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students shall be able to:

  • describe types of rocks and soils in Sweden, and their genesis, classification, names, and properties
  • understand the effect of geological and hydrological processes on the landscape
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of the presence and flow of water in ground
  • interpret geological and geotechnical data
  • conduct a simple analysis of soil samples in the laboratory
  • conduct and report basic geotechnical calculations

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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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


  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.5 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.

The course is examined through a written exam (TEN1), excercises and laboratory work (ÖVN1).

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

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Course web HS1029

Offered by

ABE/Constructional Engineering and Design

Main field of study

Built Environment, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Åsa Laurell Lyne (