BLAR12052 - Geotechnical Studies
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit, you will learn the role of geotechnical investigations in the design process, and soil mechanics including description of physical properties, soil classification, bearing capacity, permeability, compressibility, shear strength, slope stability, flow of water, and foundations and footings including investigations into basic principles of subsurface rock and soil materials and their ability to support structures.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BLAR11049 Built Environment Communication and Skills Or COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication (before 2012 term 1)

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
4. Written Assessment 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Evaluation

Term 1 - 2014: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 2.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 47% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Other feedback • Text book is very complex and elaborate on these in study guide. • More worked examples would be beneficial for those who haven’t touched maths for many years • Lecture recordings not clear moodle course evaluation Noted the points. Would like to add few more solved examples with explanation in the study guide or as an additional resource. Will attend the clarity of the recorded lectures.
About the lecturer & communication • The lecturer was helpful in providing assistance when required • Lecturer responded emails and forum questions in an adequate timeframe moodle course evaluation thanks for the feedback. Will continue to do the same
Course content • Course information was extremely useful • The course provided insight into an aspect of the building and design industry that is normally overlooked by many • The emphasis of the topic was on mathematical equations moodle course evaluation Good to know that that the course information is useful. Regarding content : This is a common course for all building programs. Course content was developed to meet the requirement of accrediting institutes and graduate attributes .
Assessments • Workbook required huge amount of work and yet worth 0% marks • Wording of an assessment question was not clear moodle course evaluation It is expected that students to do the workbook activities on a regular basis (from week-1) to gain sufficient knowledge and skills to complete the assessment items. Every year assessment questions will be updated. Will make sure the questions are worded appropriately. Also, it is expected that students need to contact the lecturer to clarification of course related matters including assessments.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply soil and rock mechanics principles in building design and construction.
  2. Interpret the influences of geological processes and natural environments on geotechnical design.
  3. Explain the use and limitations of geotechnical design in built environment projects.
  4. Perform basic geotechnical calculations including soil phase relationships, strength, stability, stress, compressibility, permeability and bearing capacity.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)  
4 - Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking        
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment        
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Online Quiz(zes)        
4 - Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

Principles of Geotechnical Engineering
Author/s: Braja M. Das, and Khaled Sobhan Year: 2014
Edition: 8 Publisher: Cencage Learning
City: Stamford State: CT
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorStephanie Keedy (s.keedy@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Topic 1: Historical of geotechnical studies, origin of soil, and weight-volume relationships

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Week 2 17-07-2017

Topic 2: Plasticity and structure of soil, classification of soil, and soil compaction

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Week 3 24-07-2017

Topic 3: Permeability

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Week 4 31-07-2017

Topic 4: In situ stress

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Week 5 07-08-2017

Topic 5: Stresses in a soil mass

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Assessment item 1 Due Thursday (10 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Topic 6: Compressibility of soil

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Week 7 28-08-2017

Topic 7: Shear strength of soil

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Week 8 04-09-2017

Topic 8: Lateral earth pressure: At-rest, Rankine, and Coulomb

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Week 9 11-09-2017

Topic 9: Lateral earth pressure: Curved failure surface

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Assessment item 2 Due Thursday (14 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017

Topic 10: Slope stability

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Week 11 25-09-2017

Topic 11: Soil bearing capacity for shallow foundations

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Week 12 02-10-2017

Topic 12: Subsoil exploration and rock mechanics

Please refer to the study guide and Moodle site for specific text book readings and additional unit information

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Assessment item 3 (Quiz) Due Monday (09 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Assessment item 4 Due Wednesday (11 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

To pass this unit, you must achieve 50% or more in each assessment item (1 to 4) and an overall cumulative result of 50% or more from all assessments.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment item 1
Task Description

Assessment task 1 covers Topic 1-3 in the study guide, and will require you to research and answer a number of questions that explore significant geotechnical concepts and calculations in relation to soil characteristics/properties, standard Proctor test, conductivity test, and soil compaction.

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your assignment should be produced in electronic format either as

  • a single word-processed document, or
  • a single pdf format document.

All submissions must be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions.

Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Thursday (10-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Thursday (31-Aug-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be assessed on the following basis:
Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues
Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate
Use of original thought and content
Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other visual communication.
Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to obtain at least 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task in order to pass this unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply soil and rock mechanics principles in building design and construction.

2. Interpret the influences of geological processes and natural environments on geotechnical design.

3. Explain the use and limitations of geotechnical design in built environment projects.

4. Perform basic geotechnical calculations including soil phase relationships, strength, stability, stress, compressibility, permeability and bearing capacity.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment item 2
Task Description

Assessment task 2 covers Topic 4-7 in the study guide, and will require you to research and answer a number of questions that explore significant geotechnical concepts and calculations in relation to stresses in a soil mass, compressibility of soil, and shear strength of soil.

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your assignment should be produced in electronic format either as

  • a single word-processed document, or
  • a single pdf format document.

All submissions must be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions.

Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Thursday (14-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Thursday (28-Sep-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be assessed on the following basis:
Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues
Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate
Use of original thought and content
Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other visual communication.
Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to obtain at least 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task in order to pass this unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply soil and rock mechanics principles in building design and construction.

2. Interpret the influences of geological processes and natural environments on geotechnical design.

3. Explain the use and limitations of geotechnical design in built environment projects.

4. Perform basic geotechnical calculations including soil phase relationships, strength, stability, stress, compressibility, permeability and bearing capacity.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment item 3 (Quiz)
Task Description

Assessment task 3 is a quiz. This assessment covers all topics in the study guide, and will require you to answer 20 multiple choice questions based on all the units topics presented during the term.

Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (09-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students After the quiz is closed
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Successful completion of the online quiz from a single attempt.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to obtain at least 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task in order to pass this unit.
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply soil and rock mechanics principles in building design and construction.

2. Interpret the influences of geological processes and natural environments on geotechnical design.

3. Explain the use and limitations of geotechnical design in built environment projects.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assessment item 4
Task Description

Assessment task 4 covers Topic 8-12 in the study guide, and will require you to research and answer a number of questions that explore significant geotechnical studies concepts and calculations in relation to earth pressure, slope stability, soil bearing capacity, and subsoil exploration and rock mechanics.

As with all assessments, formatting and presentation is really important, technical accuracy and referencing where required is paramount with an overarching requirement for demonstrating your answer / submission / design with clarity.

Your assignment should be produced in electronic format either as

  • a single word-processed document, or
  • a single pdf format document

All submissions must be submitted through the assessment link in Moodle, by uploading your file following the on-screen instructions.

Further information regarding the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Wednesday (11-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Monday 24th October 2016
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be assessed on the following basis:
Clarity of expression and comprehensive coverage of issues
Use of quality supporting documentation as appropriate
Use of original thought and content
Overall presentation and ability to communicate using correct spelling, grammar and punctuation and the use of appropriate diagrams and other visual communication.
Demonstration of core knowledge and demonstration of appropriate application of knowledge.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You are required to obtain at least 50% of allocated marks for this assessment task in order to pass this unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply soil and rock mechanics principles in building design and construction.

2. Interpret the influences of geological processes and natural environments on geotechnical design.

3. Explain the use and limitations of geotechnical design in built environment projects.

4. Perform basic geotechnical calculations including soil phase relationships, strength, stability, stress, compressibility, permeability and bearing capacity.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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