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. 

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 ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesThe fundamental concepts and theories are explained and discussed in the lectures. Workshops are used to consolidate the knowledge and practice the applications of taught theories. Labs are used to reinforce the hands-on aspects of the subject. There are three practical lab reports, five online assessment tasks, test, and a final exam at the end of the semester. 

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesPHY1SCA AND EMS1MS

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

Learning resources

Soil mechanics

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorCraig R.

YearN/A

Edition/Volume7th Edn

PublisherMacMillan Co of Australia.

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Principles of geotechnical engineering

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

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.
02. Determine the basic physical characteristics of a soil continuum.
03. Specify soil compaction criteria for field applications and identify suitable equipment for field compaction.
04. Apply the concept of effective stress in soil mechanics and determine stresses in soil from surface loads.
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.
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.
07. Apply the method of operation of standard laboratory shear testing apparatus (direct shear, triaxial and derive strength properties of soil from these tests.

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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 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours 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 examination

N/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 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours 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 examination

N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7