SOIL MECHANICS

CIV3SOM

2021

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.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorHossam Aboel Naga

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesEMS1MS AND PHY1SCA

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsCIV3GTA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Soil mechanics

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorCraig R.

YearN/A

Edition/Volume7th Edn

PublisherMacMillan Co of Australia.

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Principles of geotechnical engineering

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorBraja D.

YearN/A

Edition/Volume7th Edn

PublisherCengage Learning.

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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
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.
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.
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 solving2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
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.
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.
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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHossam Aboel Naga

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
3 practical group reports (each equivalent to 200 words per student)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5
Five online assignments (each equivalent to 200)N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7
One test (equivalent to 500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One 2-hour examinationN/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHossam Aboel Naga

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
3 practical group reports (each equivalent to 200 words per student)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5
Five online assignments (each equivalent to 200)N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7
One test (equivalent to 500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6
One 2-hour examinationN/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7