CEME 2004 - Introduction to Geo-engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code CEME 2004 Course Introduction to Geo-engineering Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng Term Semester 1 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 CEME 1004, CEME 2001, MATHS 1011, MATHS 1012 Course Description The course provides an understanding of: the introduction to earth processes; the nature of soils and their variability; and the state and behaviour of a soil. Topics include:
Introduction to Earth Processes: How the Earth Works/Plate Tectonics, Minerals, Rocks and Weathering, Structural Geology and Earthquakes; The Origin and Composition of Soils: introduction to geotechnical engineering, processes that form soils, clay mineralogy; phase relationships, Atterberg limits and soil classification: soil state definitions, phase relationships, grain size analyses, Atterberg limits, soil classification and description; Soil Improvement: Compaction - concepts, measurement and field techniques, Overview of other soil improvement techniques; vertical stress in soils: soil suction, total vertical stress, pore water pressure, effective vertical stress; flow of water through soils: water flow, permeability, consolidation: introduction to consolidation theory, oedometer test, overconsolidation ratio, consolidation settlement, strength of soils: shear strength of sands and clays, Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion, direct shear test, triaxial test.
Course Coordinator: Dr An DengDr An Deng, Course Coordinator & Lecturer
Office: N144, Level 1, Engineering North
Phone:Â 8313 2830
Professor Graham Heinson, Lecturer
Office: G11C, Ground Floor, Maswon Labs
Phone:Â 8313 5377
Dr Issa Kousa, Practical Coordinator
Office: N232, Level 2, Engineering North
Phone:Â 8313 0598
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.A weekly timetable will be available to students through MyUni.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Explain earth processes; 2 Explain the different types of soil and their engineering properties; 3 Demonstrate an awareness of soil description; 4 Explain soil compaction and ground improvement; 5 Examine the concept of effective stress and its influence on soil behaviour; 6 Explain the influence of water flow on the engineering behaviour of soils; 7 Explain the compressibility of soils and the concept of consolidation; 8 Examine soil shear strength; 9 Interpret and use experimental data; and 10 Demonstrated ability to report the results of a laboratory experiment at a professional standard.
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 2.1 2.2 3.1 3.2 3.6
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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)
1-10 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
1-10 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
10 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-10 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1-10 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 ResourcesLecture 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 the notes can be purchased through the student unified online shop.
Recommended ResourcesReferences for additional resources are provided in the lecture notes.
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, online Quizzes and Grade Centre will also be utilised in this course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course will be delivered in the format of lectures and interactive learning modules supported by online self-assessing quizzes and problem-solving tutorials. In addition, laboratory classes will be used to develop skills in identification of rock & minerals and determination of soil index properties.
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 28 0 28 Tutorials 7 7 14 Practicals: Rocks Identification 9 18 27 Practicals: Soil Index Properties 3 6 (per person) 9 Assignments 0 15 15 Online Quizzes 0 7 7 Exam Preparation 0 50 50 Exam 1: Earth Processes 1 0 1 Exam 2: Geotechnical Engineering 3 0 3 Total 51 103 154
Learning Activities SummaryThis course explores the following topics:
- Earth Processes
The formation of rocks, rock types, minerals, earth's structure and earthquakes;
- Origin and Composition of Soils
The formation and constituents of soils, soil structure and charactierstics;
- Phase Relationships and Soil Classification
The effects of water on soils, purposes of classifying soils, and the method used to classify a soil;
- Soil Improvement
Equipment used for soil compaction, factors affecting soil compaction, and soil improvement methods used in the field;
- Vertical Stress in Soils
Types of stresses in the ground, the importance of water to stress in soil, and the methods to determine stresses;
- One-Dimensional Flow of Water Through Soils
The causes for flow of water through soils, hydraulic conductivity and its determination, effects of water flow on soils, and water flow related disasters (liquefaction and quick condition);
- Compressibility and Consolidation of Soils
The casues for load-induced ground settlement, and its determination;
- Strength of Soils
The importance of soil shear strength, factors affecting shear strength, laboratory tests used to determine soil shear strength, and soil failure assessment.
- Earth Processes
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Practicals: Rocks Identification 15 Individual Formative/Summative Week 6 1. 9. 10. Practicals: Soil Index Properties** 10 Group Formative/Summative Weeks 5-13 9. 10. Assignments 15 Individual Formative Weeks 7-13 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Online Quizzes 5 Individual Formative Weeks 5-13 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Exam 1: Earth Processes 15 Individual Summative Week 4 1 Exam 2: Geotechnical Engineering 40 Individual Summative Exam period 40% min 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Total 100
** On Course Planner there are a set of laboratory classes to enrol. Make sure you and your group members (i.e. friends) have enrolled the same laboratory class so that when Course Coordinator splits the class he can allocate you all (of up to four) into one group.
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.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
All Individual Assessments;
Practical: Mineral & Rock ID (3 sets) - 15% weighting; Test on Thursday 9th April; Revisions to assessment made: Online, Open book
Practical: Soil Index Properties (3 sets) - 15% weighting; Varied; Revisions to assessment made: Online demo, Individual, 15%
Assignments (6 sets) - 15% weighting; Varied; Revisions to assessment made: None
Exam 1: Earth Processes - 15%; Test on Thursday 26th March; Revisions to
assessment made: Online, Open book
Exam 2: Geotechnical Engineering* - 35%; Final Examination period; Revisions to assesment made: 2 hours duration, Online, 35% weighting, Open/closed book (TBC)
*In order to pass the course, students must obtain at least 40% in Exam 2.
In addition, students must complete all specified assessment tasks to be eligible for an Additional Assessment. The tasks include tutorial assignments and laboratory report submissions.
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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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