SOIL MECHANICS

CIV3SOM

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Soil Mechanics is the first of the two geotechnical engineering subjects included in the Civil Engineering course. This subject introduces students to the basic concepts of the mechanics of soils. It covers soil descriptions and classification, the fundamental multi-phase nature of soils and the phase relationships, elementary seepage problems and the effective stress concept, deformation and shear strength of soils. Laboratory techniques to measure these properties will also be studied. Engineers Australia stage 1 competencies covered in this subject are: 1.1, 1.2, 1.6, 2.1,2.2, 2.3. 

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHossam Abo El-Naga

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (PHY1SCA or PHY1PA) and (EMS2EM or CHE2MES)

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects CIV3GTA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrinciples of geotechnical engineeringPrescribedBraja D.7th Edn. Cengage Learning.
ReadingsSoil mechanicsRecommendedCraig R.7th Edn. MacMillan Co of Australia.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and classify soils based on their basic physical characteristics Includes EA stage 1 competencies 1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the engineering discipline. 2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources

Activities:
The material is covered in lectures, video resources to support learning, online tutorials and laboratory experiments, and is assessed in laboratory reports, biweekly quizzes, test and in the final exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Determine the basic physical characteristics of a soil continuum. Includes EA stage 1 competencies 2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

Activities:
The material is covered in lectures, video resources to support learning, and online tutorials, and is assessed in biweekly quizzes, test and in the final exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Specify soil compaction criteria for field applications and identify suitable equipment for field compaction. Includes EA stage 1 competencies 2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

Activities:
The material is covered in lectures, video resources to support learning, and online tutorials and laboratory experiments, and is assessed in laboratory reports, biweekly quizzes, test and in the final exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Literacies and Communication Skills

04. Understand the concept of effective stress in soil mechanics and determine stresses in soil from surface loads Includes EA stage 1 competencies 2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving 2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

Activities:
The material is covered in lectures, video resources to support learning, and online tutorials, and is assessed in biweekly quizzes, test and in the final exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

05. Determine the permeability of soils using the results of both laboratory tests and in-situ tests conducted in the field and understand how 2D groundwater flows for a wide range of ground conditions. Includes EA stage 1 competencies 1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 1.2 Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

Activities:
The material is covered in lectures, video resources to support learning, online tutorials and laboratory experiments, and is assessed in laboratory reports, biweekly quizzes, test and in the final exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

06. Determine the mechanical properties which characterise the consolidation behaviour from laboratory testing and calculate ground settlements as a function of time due to consolidation Includes EA stage 1 competencies 1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 1.2 Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

Activities:
The material is covered in lectures, video resources to support learning, and online tutorials, and is assessed in biweekly quizzes, test and in the final exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

07. Understand the method of operation of standard laboratory shear testing apparatus (direct shear, triaxial) and derive strength properties of soil from these tests. Includes EA stage 1 competencies 1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. 1.2 Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

Activities:
The material is covered in lectures, video resources to support learning, and online tutorials, and is assessed in biweekly quizzes, test and in the final exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHossam Abo El-Naga

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3 practical group reports (each equivalent to 200 words per student)15 01, 02, 03, 05
Five online assignments (each equivalent to 200 )25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One test ( (equivalent to 500 words )10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 2-hour examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHossam Abo El-Naga

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3 practical group reports (each equivalent to 200 words per student)15 01, 02, 03, 05
Five online assignments (each equivalent to 200 )25 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One test ( (equivalent to 500 words )10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 2-hour examination50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07