CEME 2004 - Introduction to Geo-engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Mark Jaksa

    Prof. Mark Jaksa, Course Coordinator and Instructor
    Email: mark.jaksa@adelaide.edu.au 
    Office: N140, Level 1, Engineering North

    Dr Brendan Scott
    , Instructor 
    Email: brendan.scott@adelaide.edu.au 
    Office: N141, Level 1, Engineering North

    Professor Graham Heinson
    , Instructor
    Email: graham.heinson@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: G11C, Ground Floor, Maswon Labs

    Dr Issa Kousa
    , Practical Coordinator
    Email: issa.kousa@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: N232, Level 2, Engineering North
    Course Timetable

    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.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Explain earth processes and identify rocks;
    2 Explain the different types of soil and their engineering properties;
    3 Describe and classify soils;
    4 Explain soil compaction and calculate ground improvement;
    5 Examine the concept of effective stress and calculate its influence on soil behaviour;
    6 Explain and calculate the influence of water flow on the engineering behaviour of soils;
    7 Explain and calculate the compressibility of soils and load-induced ground settlement;
    8 Examine and calculate the shear strength of soils;
    9 Interpret and use experimental data; and
    10 Report the results of laboratory experiments to a professional standard.
    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia (EA) Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course is designed to develop the following EA competencies: 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 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)
    1-10
    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
    1-10
  • 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.
    Recommended Resources
    References for additional resources are provided in the lecture notes.
    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, 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 problem-solving tutorials and assignments. In addition, laboratory classes will be used to develop skills in identification of rock & minerals and the determination of soil index properties (i.e. particle size distribution, Atterberg limits, and compaction).

    Workload

    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 Summary
    This 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 used 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 causes of load-induced ground settlement, laboratory tests used to predict settlement, and calculation of load-induced ground settlement;
    • 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.
    These topics are delivered in the context of a set of integrated learning units designed to motivate students to attain learning outcomes of this course. The learning activity details are provided on 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 Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Practical: Rocks Identification 15 Individual Formative/Summative Week 6 1, 9, 10
    Practical: Soil Index Properties** 10 Group Formative/Summative Weeks 5-12 9, 10
    Assignments 15 Individual Formative Weeks 7-12 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Exam 1: Earth Processes 15 Individual Summative Week 4 1
    Exam 2: Geotechnical Engineering 45 Individual Summative Exam period 40% min 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.

    ** Please ensure that you have enrolled in the laboratory classes.
     
    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 Detail
    Full details of each assessment task will be provided on MyUni.
    Submission
    e-Submission through MyUni is used for assessment tasks.

    Full submission details are provided on MyUni.
    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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