C&ENVENG 3012 - Geotechnical Engineering Design III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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 in situ testing;advanced topics in triaxial testing; lateral earth pressures and retaining wall design; foundation design; loading induced stresses and displacements; bearing capacity of shallow foundations; 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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 2069
    Restrictions Available to BE(Civil & Struct), BE(Architectural) & associated double degree students only
    Course Description 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 in situ testing;advanced topics in triaxial testing; lateral earth pressures and retaining wall design; foundation design; loading induced stresses and displacements; bearing capacity of shallow foundations; design of shallow foundations; analysis and design of pile foundations; pavement design; stability of slopes.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr Brendan Scott

    Lecturers:  Brendan Scott, Dr. An Deng

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

    Practical Coordinator: Dr. Issa Kousa

    Course Timetable

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

    A full timetable will be available to students through MyUni.

    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.
  • 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.
     
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Interpret and summarise desktop information to predict the expected soil and ground water conditions prior to undertaking a site investigation;

    2. Scope and plan a site investigation that is feasible, cost effective and provides all necessary geotechnical information;

    3. Develop an idealised geotechnical model that summarises the soil profile, and identifies and quantifies key parameters needed for design;

    4. Undertake the design of retaining walls, footings and pavements; quantify loading induced stresses and displacements; calculate the bearing capacity of shallow footings and analyse the stablility of slopes;

    5. Evaluate design options and providing final design recommendations based on factors such as sustainability, construction feasibility and cost effectiveness;

    6. Communicate designs visually using computer aided drawings;

    7. Measure and interpret experimental data;

    8. Summarise the results of a laboratory experiment to a professional standard.


    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-8
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1-8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1-6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Electronic copies of lecture notes and other relevant learning resources, such as copies of PowerPoint slides and recordings of lectures, will be made available to students, at no cost, via MyUni. 

    In addition, hard copies of lecture notes can be purchased from 'Image and Copy'.

    Recommended Resources
    Students are encouraged to purchase text books; they will be beneficial for this course (although not essential). 

    Recommended text books:

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

    Knappett, J. A. and Craig, R. F., Craig's Soil Mechanics, 8th ed., 2012, Spon Press.

    Smith, I., Smith's Elements of Soil Mechanics, 9th ed., 2014, John Wiley and Sons Ltd.


    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:

    Lectures
    Tutorials
    Software and physical demonstrations
    Design sessions
    Practical classes
    Examination

    Workload

    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.

    Activity Contact Hours Independent Study Hours Total
    Lectures & interactive learning modules
    27 0 27
    Design Project reports (x3, formative) 12 40 52
    In-class problem set questions  6 12 18
    Practicals (x3, formative)
    1.5 13.5 15
    Tutorials (x5, formative) 0 15 15
    Exam preparation 0 20 20
    Exam (x1, summative) 3 0 3
    Total 49.5 100.5 150
    Learning Activities Summary
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to apply the fundamentals of Soil Mechanics to:

    Interpret and summarise desktop information about the Project site to predict the expected soil and ground water conditions;

    Scope and plan a site investigation that is feasible, cost effective and provides all necessary design information for the Project;

    Develop an idealised geotechnical model for the Project site that summarises the soil profile, and identifies and quantifies key parameters needed for design;

    Undertake the design of retaining walls, footings and pavements; quantify loading induced stresses and displacements; calculate the bearing capacity of shallow footings and analyse the stablility of slopes;

    Evaluating design options and providing final design recommendations based on factors such as sustainability, construction feasibility and cost effectiveness;

    Communicate their final designs visually using computer aided drawings;

    Develop a proficiency in handling experimental data; summarising the results of a laboratory experiment to a professional standard.


  • 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)

    Weighting

    Submission

    Due Date
    Learning Outcomes
    Tutorials:  5 no. in total [formative] 10% Individual One week after being assigned 4-5
    Practicals: 3 no. in total [formative] 10% Group Two weeks after lab session 7-8
    Design Project: 3 no. phases [formative] 20% Group Refer MyUni 1-6
    Examination: (3 hrs, open book) [summative] 60% Individual During exam period 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Hurdles
    There is no hurdle for this course.

    Exemptions for prior work
    Requests for exemption from coursework components will only be considered when presented on an Exemption from Attendance Form. All exemption requests must be made by the end of Week 3 of Semester. Exemptions will not be considered for exams or assignments. 

    Group work
    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 6.

    This course includes peer assessment for the tasks undertaken within groups. Further detail of the peer assessment is contained on MyUni. To maintain the integrity of the assessment task(s) there is a requirement that all students within a group contribute to each assessment task. Where there is evidence that group members have not sufficiently contributed to a group assessment task, the Academic Honesty policy may be applied.


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

    Submission
    All tutorials must be submitted electronically on MyUni.  Design project 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 4pm on the nominated due date.  

    Late submissions will be penalised at the rate of 10% 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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