C&ENVENG 3012 - Geotechnical Engineering Design III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

The course is intended to reinforce the fundamentals of Soil Mechanics, in particular the analytical and design aspects of the subject. Design procedures will be introduced through problem solving, emphasising the role of idealisation of the field problems. Topics covered in the course include: site investigations and data collection; advanced topics in triaxial testing; lateral earth pressures and retaining wall design; foundation design; loading induced stresses and displacements; bearing capacity of shallow foundations; analysis and design of shallow foundations; analysis and design of pile foundations; pavement design stability of slopes.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 3012
    Course Geotechnical Engineering Design III
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 2069
    Restrictions Available to BE(Civil & Struct), BE(Architectural) & associated double degree students only
    Assessment exams 60%, coursework 40%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Brendan Scott

    Coordinator and Primary Lecturer:  Brendan Scott

    Assistant Lecturer:  Professor Mark Jaksa

    Design Sessions: Dr. Matthew Duthy, Brendan Scott, Dr. Issa Kousa

    Practical Coordinator: Dr. Issa Kousa

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Design Sessions:
    Commence in Week 3.

    3 x 45 min experiments.  Commence in Week 4. 

    Students need to enrol in the practical sessions.  Practicals are held in the Geotechnical Engineering Laboratories, Ground Floor, Engineering Annex.

    Schedules and group numbers will be posted on MyUni.  Prior to the start of your practical, you must have read the 'Practical Notes' and completed the 'Online Learning Modules' (both will be available on MyUni) for your relevant practical.

    Before entering the laboratory, Students must have also completed the ‘2014 CEME OHS
    Induction’ (available on MyUni).

    Closed toe and sturdy shoes must be worn in the laboratories. Students failing to comply with
    this will not be allowed to enter the laboratories. 

    Failure to attend a practical class will result in zero marks for that practical; attendance records
    will be kept.  The group with whom you conduct the practical is the same group with whom you contribute towards the practical report.  No ‘extra’ laboratory sessions will be held for students who miss their allocated session. Students who miss a laboratory class due to medical reasons should present proof to the practical coordinator who will then arrange for you to join another group.  Students who miss their allocated practical session must consult with the Practical Coordinator who will schedule you into another session if there is one available.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course builds on the fundamental concepts of geotechnical engineering and soil mechanics introduced in Geotechnical Engineering IIA and focuses on geotechnical design.  Specifically, this course aims to:

    1.     Develop an understanding of site investigations, ground characterisation and in situ testing;

    2.     Develop an understanding of lateral earth pressures and retaining wall design;

    3.     Develop an understanding of foundation settlement;

    4.     Develop an understanding of the bearing capacity of foundations;

    5.     Develop an understanding of the design and construction of shallow and deep foundations;

    6.     Develop an understanding of pavement design;

    7.     Develop a proficiency in handling experimental data; and

    8.     Develop the ability to report the results of a laboratory experiment at a professional standard.
    University Graduate Attributes

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture notes and other relevant learning resources, such as copies of PowerPoint slides and audio recordings of lectures, will be made available to students, at no cost, via MyUni.  In addition, lecture notes can be purchased from 'Image and Copy'.

    Recommended Resources
    Students are encouraged to purchase a text book for this course, although this is not essential.  It is suggested that students consider purchasing TWO of the following texts, one from each section:

    Foundation Design:

    Bowles, J. E., Foundation Analysis and Design, 5th ed, 1996, McGraw-Hill. 
    (This excellent text is currently out-of-print, but it can be downloaded from MyUni.)

    Salgado, R., The Engineering of Foundations, 2006, McGraw-Hill.

    Soil Mechanics:
    Craig, R. F., Soil Mechanics, 8th ed., 2012, Spon Press. (Solutions Manual is also available.)

    Atkinson, J., The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations, 2nd ed., 2007, Spon.

    Holtz, R. D., Kovacs, W. D. and Sheahan, T. C., An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, 2nd ed., 2011, Pearson.

    Azizi, F., Applied Analyses in Geotechnics, 2000, E & FN Spon.
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used to disseminate learning resources and information relevant to the course.  Online learning modules will be used to assist your preparation for laboratory experiments and these are available on MyUni.  In addition, the MyUni Discussion Boards and Gradebook will also be utilised in this course.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course involves the following teaching and learning approaches:

    Software and physical demonstrations
    Design sessions
    Practical classes


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging
    appropriately with the course requirements.

    Lectures and tutorials:  3.0 hours / week contact;

    Design classes:  1 to 2 hours / week contact;

    Practical classes:  2.25 hours contact plus 1.5 hours work online for the semester;

    Tutorial and practical submissions:  2.0 hours / week;

    Design submissions:  2.0 hours / week;

    Self-study:  2.0 hours / week.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Refer MyUni
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task [type] Due Date Weighting

    Learning Objectives

    Tutorials:  5 in total [formative] Refer MyUni 10% 1-6
    Practicals: 3 in total [formative] Two weeks after attending the practical 10% 7,8
    Design: 3 phases [formative] Refer MyUni 20% 1-5
    Examination: (3 hrs, open book) [summative] November 60% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The tutorials will be individual submissions, whereas the design and practical reports will be submitted as a group – one submission per group.  Students will be assigned to practical groups with up to 4 students in each group.  Students will be able to choose their own design project groups, but the total number of persons in each group should not be less than 5 and not greater than 7.

    Assessment Detail
    Further details of each assignment will be provided in lectures and via MyUni well before the due date.

    All tutorials, design and practical reports must be submitted in the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office (Eng. North N136) at or before 5pm on
    the nominated due date.  Late submissions will be penalised at the rate of 5% per day unless an extension was granted by the course coordinator prior to the nominated due date due to medical or
    extenuating circumstances.  Any requests for extensions must be communicated via email prior to the deadline.  No credit will be given for submissions received more than five working days after the nominated due date unless an extension was granted by the course coordinator.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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