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Lismore Study Period 2 Study Period 2
Online Study Period 2,6 N/A

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

6

AQF level

6

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to the geotechnical properties and behaviour of soils and their significance in civil and construction engineering.

Unit content

Soil types and classification

Phase (weight-volume) relationships

Soil stabilisation techniques

Subsoil exploration

Principles of earthworks construction

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 describe the basic physical and mechanical properties of wet and dry soil and determine these properties using standard laboratory methods Knowledge of a discipline
2 apply the principles of soil stabilisation Knowledge of a discipline
3 apply the principles of earthworks construction. Knowledge of a discipline
4 describe the fundamentals of subsurface exploration Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. describe the basic physical and mechanical properties of wet and dry soil and determine these properties using standard laboratory methods
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply the principles of soil stabilisation
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply the principles of earthworks construction.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. describe the fundamentals of subsurface exploration
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.