Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Geotechnology A is the first of the two earth mechanics and foundation engineering subjects included in the Civil Engineering course. This subject introduces students to the basic concepts of the mechanics of soils/rocks. 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 and rocks. Laboratory techniques to measure these properties and methods to improve them in the field will also be studied.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDaniela Ionescu

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CHE2MES and CIV2GR and GEO1ES and MAT2CC


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrinciples of geotechnical engineeringPrescribedBraja, D7TH ED, CENGAGE LEARNING.
ReadingsSoil mechanicsRecommendedCraig, R7TH EDN, MACMILLAN CO OF AUST.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDaniela Ionescu

Class requirements

Laboratory Class
Six 2.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seven 2.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
3 numerical group assignments (each equivalent to 250 words per student)15
3 practical group reports (each equivalent to 500 words per student)15
one 3-hour examination70