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DisciplineGeotechnical Engineering

 

(Discipline Code:  081401   )

 

Brief Introduction of Discipline (within 400 words)

Geotechnical Engineering is a second-class discipline of Civil Engineering. It has enrolled and nurtured the graduate students to award the master degree and doctorate degree since 1981 and 2000 separately. At that time, the famous expert of geotechnical engineering Professor Nianci Tang dedicated all his life to lay a solid foundation for the potential development of doctoral program. Afterward in 2007, geotechnical engineering had been included in the Jiangsu provincial key disciplines. Following with the development of national infrastructures, the discipline has formed its distinct research field and made a great achievement in pile dynamics, special ground improvement and assessment, offshore geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental geotechnology, and surveying of underground structure field etc. Nine projects have been awarded the Advancement Prize of Science and Technology by the various ministries and provincial governments. Now, the discipline is well equipped with all types of laboratory facilities as GDS triaxial unsaturated soil testing system, GDS cyclic and static triaxial soil testing system, triaxial rheometer, high-precision mercury porosimeter, laser particle analyzer, large scale modeling system and other ordinary test apparatus, which could provide technical support for geotechnical testing related to teaching and research. Recently, the discipline is undertaking a number of import projects including innovative technology for ground improvement, mechanics of special soils, contaminated soils remediation, in-situ measurements etc. sponsored by Nation Science Foundation or National 863 Program. Meanwhile, other projects on highway and water conservancy, large-scale bridge pile foundation engineering, and underground structure are also undertaking. The annual research funds is over 10 million, and more than 60 papers are published on SCI, EI, ISTP and core journals per year on average.

 

Training Objectives (about 150 words, the following content is for reference only)

The students will be trained as high quality professionals in geotechnical engineering to feed the needs of univerties, research centers, and companies. The students will build a solid, broad, and theoretical foundation in Civil Engineering, have systematic and in-depth expertise in Geotechnical Engineering, grasp the frontal information of theoretical and technological development in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering, and have the ability of conducting scientific research and solving the technical problems independently in the areas of geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering and underground engineering.  

The graduated students should be proficient in at least one foreign language.

 

Research Direction

1. Innovative technology of pile engineering; 2. Innovative ground improvement technology; 3. Environmental geotechnical engineering; 4. Underground engineering

 

Training Period

Generally, the students are expected to graduate in 2 or 2.5 years (Medicine students: 2 to 3 years), longest may delay for 4 years.

 

Credit requirements and curriculum (see attached list)

 

Thesis

〔Literature reading requirements, thesis written request, publication achievement requirements etc.〕

 

Literature Reading (for reference only, the same below)

Students are required to read at least 20 literatures on topics related to their dissertation and research direction including more than 10 literatures in foreign languages. These literatures should be published within five years. Based on the literature studies, student is required to write a literature overview report and submitted to their supervisors.

 

Thesis Writing

In addition to compliance with the provisions of school, thesis must be written in a systematic and complete manner, presenting clear concepts, correct argument, realistic description, concise writing structure, smooth and concise writing style, correct calculation, reliable data, and clear icons.

 

Thesis Evaluation

Thesis should be written based on students’ own study and research. The findings presented in the thesis should have higher academic value and positive impact on economic development of China. Students are required to conduct at least one year research and to publish at least 1 papers (including papers included in national conference proceedings) in the area of their disciplines before being eligible for applying for a Master's degree.

 

Attached List

Course Catalog

Course Number

Course Name

Terms

Credit

Hours

Credits

Teaching Method

Exam

Others

A

Public Fundamental

Courses

S000101

Dialectics of Nature and Scientific Socialism

Autum

60

2

attended study

Paper

 

S000105

 

Master Degree English

Autum

60

3

attended study

Paper

 

 

Reading & Comprehension of Foreign language Literatures  

 

 

1

 

 

 

B

Major Fundamental

Courses

S000112

 

Mathematical Methods of Physics

 

 

 

attended study

Paper

 

S005101

 

Computation Mechanics

 

54

3

attended study

Paper

Select

1

S005102

Plastic Mechanics

 

54

3

attended study

paper

     C

Major Compulsory

Courses

S021201

Advanced Soil Mechanics

 

54

3

attended study

paper

Select

two

S021202

Advanced Soil Laboratory Testing

 

36

2

attended study. 

paper

S021203

Principle of Ground Improvement

 

36

2

attended study. 

paper

 

 

Compulsory

Courses

Practice Training

Generally means teaching practice, production practice (clinical practice), or social investigation.

1

 

quiz

 

Selected Public Lecture/

Discipline  Development Lecture

Students of Arts, Management Science, and Medicine must attend at least 5 public lectures held by graduate school. Students of Science and Engineering must attend at least 3 discipline development lectures.

1

 

quiz

 

Academic Seminar & Academic Meeting

Students must participate in at least 2 academic Seminars and academic meetings, and give at least 1 oral presentation.

1

 

quiz

 

 

Note: 

(1) The minimum total-credit requirements of Master's curricula: 28 credits for students of science and engineering; 30 credits for students of medical science ; 34 credits for students of arts and management sciences. The minimum credit requirements of degree courses: 16 credits for students of science and engineering; 18 credits for students of arts, management science and medicine; other credits in non-degree courses.  In addition, students should have 3 credits from compulsory courses.

(2) All courses are normally required to complete within one and half year after registration.  Degree courses are normally required to complete within one year after registration.

(3) Degree courses are subject to this course plan, non-degree courses can be chosen from “Graduate Courses Catalog”.