CEME 2004 - Introduction to Geo-engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
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 or C&ENVENG 1010, CEME 2001 or C&ENVENG 2025, 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 Brendan ScottDr Brendan Scott, Course Coordinator and Instructor
Office: N141, Level 1, Engineering North
Professor Graham Heinson, Instructor
Office: G11C, Ground Floor, Mawson Labs
Professor Mark Jaksa, Instructor
Office: N140, Level 1, Engineering North
Dr Issa Kousa, Practical Coordinator
Office: N232, Level 2, Engineering North
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 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.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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.
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 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).
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 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.
- Earth Processes
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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 Practicals: Soil Properties** 10 Group Formative/Summative Weeks 7-12 9, 10 Assignments 15 Individual Formative Weeks 5-12 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
** Please ensure that you have enrolled in the laboratory classes.
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This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
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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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