LismoreSession 2Session 2

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

  • Methods of site investigation
  • 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
  • Design of excavations using techniques such as passive soil nailing or rock anchors

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

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Das, B, 2015, Principles of Foundation Engineering, 8th edn, Cengage Learning, Stamford, CT, USA. ISBN: 9781305081567.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: open book50%
Practical skills20%

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Fee information


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