Hydraulics and geology 7.5 credits

Hydraulik och geologi
First cycle, V0014B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2009-01-20 and is valid from H09.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Feb 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Civil Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering
Main field of study
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic knowledge in mathematics and physics.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After the course the student will be able to:

• Calculate hydrostatic pressure against basic structures under water.
• Solve basic hydraulic problems by applying fundamental equations in hydraulics.
• Identify different flow conditions and calculate the transition from one condition to another.
• Identify the calculation procedure for basic problems of open channel hydraulics and solve them.
• Describe the basic processes generating magmatic, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and basic principles for plate tectonics.
• Describe basic processes generating geological structures.
• Identify the most common minerals, rocks and soil types and describe their properties and how they have been formed.
• Describe the most important glacial environments and the geological formations which they can result in.
• Interpret a soil maps.

The course consists of two parts, aiming to provide basic knowledge in hydraulics with a focus on open channel flow, and geology. The hydraulics part covers hydrostatic pressure, fundamental equations – continuity, momentum and energy equation, and open channel flow, including different flow conditions and transitions between them.

The geology-part covers the geology of earth, crust and plate tectonics, rock forming processes, methods to identify minerals and rocks, Quaternary geology, soil types and their formations and properties, and interpretation of soil maps.

The 2 course parts are realized as follows:

Lectures and literature study provide the basic theoretical knowledge in hydraulics. Lectures are combined with calculation exercises. Furthermore, calculation exercises are solved independently, and a calculation assignment must be fulfilled in groups. This assignment is connected to the laboratory task (No. 0005). The participation in the laboratory task is mandatory as it is a part of examination. The calculation exercise is assessed orally and a report about the laboratory task must be submitted.

Lectures, exercises and literature study provide basic knowledge about the geology of earth, minerals and rocks and Quaternary geology. In practical exercises students learn to identify different minerals and rocks, and the interpretation of soil maps. The participation in the task for interpretation of a soil map is mandatory as it is a part of examination.

To pass the course all examination items must be passed, and the laboratory session must be attended. The final grade is calculated as a weighted grad of examination items no. 0006 and 0008. The learning outcomes 1-4 are assessed in a written exam (item no. 0006, marked according to grading scale), and a laboratory work connected with a calculation assignment and laboratory report (item no. 0005, marked as pass/fail). The learning outcomes 5-8 are assessed by a written test (item no. 0008, marked according to grading scale), learning outcome 7 by a practical test for identification of minerals and rocks (item no. 0007, marked as pass/fail), and learning outcome 9 by a map exercise (item no. 0003, marked as pass/fail). If a student does not attend the laboratory session, this item can be taken in another academic year, given the availability of free capacity.

Inga Herrmann

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Hamill, L., (2011). Understanding Hydraulics. 3 ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9780230242753
Ericsson, B., Gembert, B., (1996). Kvartärgeologi. Kompendium för grundkurs i geovetenskap. Uppsala Universitet (available via Canvas).

Additional literature provided by the teachers

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Map exerciseU G#0.10MandatoryA09
0005Laboratory workU G#0.60MandatoryA09
0006Written examG U 3 4 53.20MandatoryA09
0007Practical testU G#1.00MandatoryA12
0008Short written examG U 3 4 52.60MandatoryA13

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.