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Lismore Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Expands on knowledge gained in the unit Soil Mechanics and Geology and applies this knowledge to geotechnical design. Students will learn to investigate, prepare and design geotechnical structures. They will also learn how to conduct geotechnical site investigations, design foundations and assess geotechnical safety and stability.

Unit content

  • Shear strength - Triaxial testing
  • Vertical stress increase under foundations
  • Bearing capacity and settlement of foundations
  • Design of shallow foundations
  • Design of deep footings and pile foundations
  • Slope stability of soils and rock slopes
  • Design of earth retaining structures

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 apply knowledge of soil mechanics and geology to design a range of different geotechnical components including shallow and deep foundations, excavations, analyse the stability of soil Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
2 specify a site testing regime to adequately develop an understanding of the soil/rock properties on a site in order to develop suitable engineering designs Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning
3 assess site specific contextual factors and constraints to select appropriate geotechnical solutions to complex problems Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
4 model typical geotechnical problems using industry standard computer modelling techniques. Knowledge of a discipline Lifelong learning

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply knowledge of soil mechanics and geology to design a range of different geotechnical components including shallow and deep foundations, excavations, analyse the stability of soil
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. specify a site testing regime to adequately develop an understanding of the soil/rock properties on a site in order to develop suitable engineering designs
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. assess site specific contextual factors and constraints to select appropriate geotechnical solutions to complex problems
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. model typical geotechnical problems using industry standard computer modelling techniques.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning

Prescribed texts

  • Das, B, 2015, Principles of Foundation Engineering, 8th edn, Cengage Learning, Stamford, CT, USA. ISBN: 9781305081567.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.