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Unit description

Introduces students to the geotechnical properties and behaviour of soils and their significance in civil and construction engineering.

Unit content

Soil types and classification

Phase (weight-volume) relationships

Soil stabilisation techniques

Subsoil exploration

Principles of earthworks construction

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1describe the basic physical and mechanical properties of wet and dry soil and determine these properties using standard laboratory methodsKnowledge of a discipline
2apply the principles of soil stabilisationKnowledge of a discipline
3apply the principles of earthworks construction.Knowledge of a discipline
4describe the fundamentals of subsurface exploration Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the basic physical and mechanical properties of wet and dry soil and determine these properties using standard laboratory methods
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply the principles of soil stabilisation
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply the principles of earthworks construction.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. describe the fundamentals of subsurface exploration
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hrs (6 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (6 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Soil testing report40%
Exam: open book40%

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 hours (6 weeks)
Tutorial online 2 hours (6 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Soil testing report40%
Exam: open book40%
Notice

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Fee information

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