Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Introduces students to fundamentals of soil mechanics and geology, soils and their behaviour along with investigating soils response to applied loads. This unit presents and discusses the methods of interpreting physical and mechanical properties of soils that are encountered by civil engineers.

Unit content

  • Composition and particle sizes of the soil
  • Phase relationship, physical states and soil classification
  • Determination of liquid limit, plastic limit and linear shrinkage
  • Flow of water in the soil and soil hydraulic conductivity
  • Soil compaction
  • Surface load stresses and principle of effective stress
  • Soil settlement
  • Soil strength

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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