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Unit description

Expands on knowledge gained in the unit Soil Mechanics and Geology and applies this knowledge to geotechnical design. Students will learn to investigate, prepare and design geotechnical structures. They will also learn how to conduct geotechnical site investigations, design foundations and assess geotechnical safety and stability.

Unit content

  • Shear strength - Triaxial testing
  • Vertical stress increase under foundations
  • Bearing capacity and settlement of foundations
  • Design of shallow foundations
  • Design of deep footings and pile foundations
  • Slope stability of soils and rock slopes
  • Design of earth retaining structures

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
1apply knowledge of soil mechanics and geology to design a range of different geotechnical components including shallow and deep foundations, excavations, analyse the stability of soil Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2specify a site testing regime to adequately develop an understanding of the soil/rock properties on a site in order to develop suitable engineering designsKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
3assess site specific contextual factors and constraints to select appropriate geotechnical solutions to complex problemsCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
4model typical geotechnical problems using industry standard computer modelling techniques.Knowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning

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

  1. apply knowledge of soil mechanics and geology to design a range of different geotechnical components including shallow and deep foundations, excavations, analyse the stability of soil
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. specify a site testing regime to adequately develop an understanding of the soil/rock properties on a site in order to develop suitable engineering designs
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. assess site specific contextual factors and constraints to select appropriate geotechnical solutions to complex problems
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. model typical geotechnical problems using industry standard computer modelling techniques.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning 2 Hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 Hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Exam: take home50%
Calculations20%
Report20%
ePortfolio10%
Notice

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Fee information

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