Unit description

Introduces the fundamental principles of soil mechanics and their application. Students will develop a basic knowledge of how the mechanical and structural properties of soil underpin the design of engineered structures.

Unit content

Water flow through soils - hydraulic conductivity


In situ soil stresses

Soil settlement

Compressive strength of soils

Shear strength of soils

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 analytical methods to determine stresses and strains in soils under loadKnowledge of a discipline
2demonstrate understanding of the flow of water in soils.Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. apply analytical methods to determine stresses and strains in soils under load
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate understanding of the flow of water in soils.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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