C&ENVENG 7069 - Geotechnical Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code C&ENVENG 7069 Course Geotechnical Engineering Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N 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; analysis and design of shallow foundations; analysis and design of pile foundations; pavement design; stability of slopes.
Course Coordinator: Dr Brendan ScottLecturers: Brendan Scott, Dr. An Deng
Design Sessions: Dr. Matthew Duthy, Dr. Issa Kousa, Brendan Scott, 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. 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 an online 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.
Course Learning OutcomesThis course extends fundamental concepts of geotechnical engineering and soil mechanics 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 groundwater conditions prior to undertaking a site investigation;
2. Scope and plan site investigations that are feasible, cost effective and appropriately characterise the ground;
3. 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 stablility of slopes;
6. Evaluate design options and specify final design recommendations based on factors such as sustainability, construction feasibility and cost effectiveness;
7. Communicate designs visually using computer aided drawings;
8. Measure soil properties in the laboratory and interpret and summarise the data.
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
Required ResourcesElectronic copies of 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, 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 0 27 Design Project reports (x3, formative) 12 40 52 In-class problem set questions 6 12 18 Practicals (x3, formative) 4.5 13.5 18 Assignments (x6, formative) 0 18 18 Exam preparation 0 20 20 Exam (x1, summative) 3 0 3 Total 52.5 103.5 156
Learning Activities SummaryOn 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.
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Assessment Task (type)
Learning Outcomes Tutorials: 6 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 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 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.
SubmissionThe submission time for all assessment tasks in this course is 4 pm on the due date, unless otherwise specified.
Details of the submission process will also be provided in lectures and via MyUni as part of the information provided relevant to the assignments.
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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