C&ENVENG 3012 - Geotechnical Engineering Design III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
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 Prerequisites C&ENVENG 2069 Restrictions Available to BE(Civil & Struct), BE (Honours) (Civil & Environmental), BE(Architectural) & associated double degree students only Course Description The course applies and extends the fundamental understanding of soil mechanics to the design of geotechnical engineering systems. The following topics are examined: site investigations and in situ 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; and the stability of slopes.
Course Coordinator: Dr An DengLecturers: Prof. Mark Jaksa, Mr. Brendan Scott
Design Sessions: Mr. Brendan Scott, Dr. Matthew Duthy, Dr. Issa Kousa, Irene Chung
Practical Coordinator: Dr. Issa Kousa
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.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Interpret and summarise desktop information to predict the expected soil and groundwater conditions prior to undertaking a site investigation; 2 Demonstrate the ability to scope and plan site investigations that are feasible, cost effective and appropriately characterise the ground; 3 Demonstrated ability to develop an idealised geotechnical model that summarises the ground profile and identifies and quantifies key parameters needed for design; 4 Calculate lateral earth pressures, loading induced stresses and displacements, and bearing capacity of shallow foundations; 5 Design retaining walls, foundations and pavements, and analyse the stability of slopes; 6 Evaluate design options and specify final design recommendations based on factors such as sustainability, construction feasibility and cost effectiveness; 7 Demonstrated ability to communicate designs visually using computer aided drawings; 8 Measure soil properties in the laboratory and interpret and summarise the data.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
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
1-8 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
5, 6, 8
Required ResourcesElectronic 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 ResourcesStudents 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 LearningMyUni 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 ModesThe course involves the following teaching and learning approaches:
Software and physical demonstrations
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 50 77 Design Project reports (x3, formative) 12 40 52 In-class problem set questions 6 12 18 Practicals (x3, formative) 3 9 12 Assignments (x4, formative) 0 16 16 Exam (x1, summative) 3 50 53 Total 51 177 228
Attendance at lectures, design sessions and practical classes is expected.
Learning Activities SummaryThe course examines the following topics:
- site investigations and in situ 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; and
- stability of slopes.
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- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Examination 60 Individual Summative Exam period Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Design Project (3 phases) 20 Group Formative Refer to MyUni 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Practical reports (3 of) 10 Group Formative Two weeks after the lab session 8. Tutorial assignments (4 of) 10 Individual Formative Two weeks after being assigned 4. 5. 6. Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
Assessment Related RequirementsThe 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 who want to work together must have enrolled in the same lab section on Access Adelaide. 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.
Assessment DetailFurther details of each assignment will be provided in lectures and via MyUni well before the due date.
SubmissionAll 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 5pm 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.
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
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