PRINCIPLES OF GEOMECHANICS

CIV2PG

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject presents the fundamental principles of soil engineering and its application to construction of civil engineering projects. Topics in this subject include: geomechanics; determination of mechanical characteristics of soil; weight-volume relationships; moisture content, specific gravity and porosity; plasticity and structure of soil; classification of soils and Australian Standards Classification of Soil (AASHTO); soil compaction; standard proctor test; factors affecting compaction; specifications for field compaction; and compaction of organic soil and waste materials. Through these topics, students will develop a conceptual understanding of the importance of the principles of soil engineering and soil properties to civil engineering projects. Skills to design and conduct experiments to verify soil characteristics and to classify soil in compliance with Australian Standards to estabperformance criteria needed for civil engineering projects will be developed.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHossam Abo El-Naga

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Must be enrolled in course code SBECT

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPrinciples of Geotechnical Engineering, 7th ednPrescribedDas, B 2010CENGAGE LEARNING, USA

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Recognise the importance of the principles of soil engineering and soil properties to civil engineering projects.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and self study plus face to face and online group discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate an understanding of the key characteristics of soil types.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and self study plus face to face and online group discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Identify principals and parameters that define shear strength of soils, those important in determining soil moisture content and those affecting soil compaction

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and self study plus face to face and online group discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Apply various techniques to conduct compaction tests and analyse results.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and self study plus face to face and online group discussions. Problem solving assignments. Students work in small groups to conduct practical experiments.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Conduct experiments to verify principles of permeability.

Activities:
Students work in small groups to conduct practical experiments as well as to analyse and interpret data and draw conclusions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

06. Read and prepare soil exploration reports.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials and self study plus face to face and online group discussions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

07. Effectively function as a team member in conducting group practicals.

Activities:
Students work in small groups to conduct practical experiments as well as to analyse and interpret data and draw conclusions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHossam Abo El-Naga

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Weekly Tutorial Class Activities and Topical Online Quiz15 01, 02, 03, 06
Assignment (Geomechanics case study report) (1000 words)15 01, 03, 06
Examination (3 hours)50 01, 03, 06
Group Practical Experiment and Report (1000 words)20 04, 05, 07