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Lismore Study Period 3 Study Period 3

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

6

AQF level

6

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Introduces the fundamental principles of soil mechanics and their application. Students will develop a basic knowledge of how the mechanical and structural properties of soil underpin the design of engineered structures.

Unit content

Water flow through soils - hydraulic conductivity

Seepage

In situ soil stresses

Soil settlement

Compressive strength of soils

Shear strength of soils

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 analytical methods to determine stresses and strains in soils under load Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate understanding of the flow of water in soils. Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. apply analytical methods to determine stresses and strains in soils under load
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate understanding of the flow of water in soils.
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.