ENEC12008 - Geotechnical Engineering
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit explains why geological processes that produce landforms, geological structures, rocks and soils, affect the location, design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects. In the unit, you will conduct geotechnical tests, analyse test data, prepare geotechnical reports, discuss the engineering characteristics and properties of soil. You will select appropriate approaches for analysing the behaviour of soils in civil engineering applications. You will need to use appropriate "civil engineering language" in context and document the process of modelling and analysis of geotechnical problems. You will present information in a professional manner and communicate, work and learn, both individually and in teams. You will be required to have access to a computer and to make frequent use of the internet, particularly if you are a distance (FLEX) student. Distance students will complete the practical work at a residential school.

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

Prerequisites: [ENEG11006 Engineering Statics OR PHYS11184 Engineering Physics A OR ENAG11005 Mechanics] AND [MATH11218 Applied Mathematics OR MATH11160 Technology Mathematics]

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Mixed Mode
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. Examination 40%

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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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
The best aspects of the unit were assessment that inspired learning yet confidence in personal abilities to do the exam at the end of the term as knowledge was truly understood and valuable even in work environments Students' feedback through Moodle site Although the feedback is encouraging and positive, the unit will be improved with new updates on a regular basis.
Lecturer is very helpful and approachable throughout the term. The assignments and textbook helped my learning. Unit is well organised and structured so that students can follow it easily.. Students' feedback through Moodle site. The positive feedback shows the student satisfaction with the lectures and textbook.
Lab experiments probably needed more explanation as to what was required. Also due dates for the lab report is very close to the residential school time, which give the FLEX student only a short time to complete the report. Students' feedback through Moodle site. The lab instructions will be reviewed and necessary changes will be done in next offer. The lab report deadlines will be changed to give more time to the students for completing the reports especially for the Distance students.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Identify and discuss the implications of geological factors affecting the location, design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects.
  2. Conduct geotechnical tests, analyse test data and prepare geotechnical reports.
  3. Calculate basic engineering properties of soils and explain the relationship to soil behaviour.
  4. Analyse the behaviour of soil in response to engineering applications using appropriate theories and national standards.
  5. Communicate, work and learn both individually and in teams, document the process of modelling, testing and analysis and present the information in a professional manner.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers, Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Associates.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - Examination          

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Practical Assessment    
4 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

Soil Mechanics AND Foundations
Author/s: Muni Budhu Year: 2010
Edition: 3rd Edition Publisher: John Wiley
Country: United States of America
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 CoordinatorMehdi Mirzababaei (m.mirzababaei@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

Soil Description and Investigation

Budhu Chapters 2 and 3

Week 2 17-07-2017

Soil Classification and Phase Relationships

Budhu Chapter 4

Week 3 24-07-2017

Soil Compaction

Budhu Chapter 5

Week 4 31-07-2017

Soil Permeability

Budhu Chapter 6

Week 5 07-08-2017

Stresses and Strains in the soil

Budhu Chapter 7

Vacation Week 14-08-2017

No Lecture

Week 6 21-08-2017

Stress Path in Soil

Budhu Chapter 8


Assignment 1 Due Monday (21 Aug 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Compressibility and Settlement of Soils (Part 1)

Budhu Chapter 9

Week 8 04-09-2017

Compressibility and Settlement of Soils (Part 2)

Budhu Chapter 9

Week 9 11-09-2017

Shear Strength of Soils (Part 1)

Budhu Chapter 10

Week 10 18-09-2017

Shear Strength of Soils (Part 2)

Budhu Chapter 10

Week 11 25-09-2017

Two-Dimensional Flow of Water Through Soils

Budhu Chapter 14

Assignment 2 Due Monday (25 Sep 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision


Laboratory Report Due Friday (06 Oct 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

Please refer to the unit website of ENEC12008 for the updated information. Lab sessions will be scheduled from Week 3 for on-campus students and in week 9 for Flex students. Details of the lab sessions for on-campus students will be published in week 2 and for flex students in week 6.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

The aim of this assignment is to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of various concepts, theories and processes studied/developed in the topics covered from week 1 to week 6 from the Study Schedule. Assignment 1 will be available by the end of week 1 through unit Website.

The purpose of assignment questions is to give students an opportunity to show the depth of their understanding of the unit learning outcomes. This should be done by presenting answers clearly, showing the procedure used, explaining the approach to the problem, choices made, checking and interpretation of results.

Some questions may require students to carry out research. All resources used (including the text) should be referenced appropriately. Students are cautioned that copying another student's answer will be dealt with under the Plagiarism Procedures.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (21-Aug-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (08-Sep-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
Each question in this assignment will be assessed separately for the criterion accuracy and correct results.
  • Correct application of mathematics and arithmetic
  • Answers clearly identified
  • Correct results
In addition, the assignment as a whole will be assessed against the following criteria:
Evidence of correct procedures:
  • All necessary steps in analysis are present in correct order
  • Clear presentation of mathematical and arithmetical working linking given
  • details of the problem to the results obtained.
  • Evidence of checking results (mathematical, graphical, logic common sense)
Evidence of understanding of the topic
  • Explanation of choices made in the analysis (why is procedure required, why this particular procedure)
  • Interpretation of results, eg limitations, direction of vectors
Professional presentation
  • The work (job) is clearly identified (problem, date, analyst)
  • Clear statement of each problem and its details and requirements
  • Logical layout of analysis
  • Appropriate use of diagrams, clear diagrams
  • Correct use of terminology, conventions
  • Clear English in the explanation of procedure and interpretation of results.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% of the total weighted marks for the assignment are required to pass this unit
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

The submission should be in a single PDF document and the file size less than 5 MB. If your submission includes more files (eg. Spreedsheet) you can submit it as a zip folder.

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

1. Identify and discuss the implications of geological factors affecting the location, design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects.

2. Conduct geotechnical tests, analyse test data and prepare geotechnical reports.

3. Calculate basic engineering properties of soils and explain the relationship to soil behaviour.

4. Analyse the behaviour of soil in response to engineering applications using appropriate theories and national standards.

5. Communicate, work and learn both individually and in teams, document the process of modelling, testing and analysis and present the information in a professional manner.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description
The aim of this assignment is to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of various concepts, theories and processes studied/developed in the topics covered from week 6 to week 12 from the Study Schedule. Assignment 2 will be available by end of week 6 through unit Website.

The purpose of assignment questions is to give students an opportunity to show the depth of their understanding of the unit learning outcomes. This should be done by presenting answers clearly, showing the procedure used, explaining the approach to the problem, choices made, checking and interpretation of results.

Some questions may require students to carry out research. All resources used (including the text) should be referenced appropriately. Students are cautioned that copying another student's answer will be dealt with under the Plagiarism Procedures.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (25-Sep-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-2017)
Returned electronically via Moodle
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
Each question in this assignment will be assessed separately for the criterion accuracy and correct results.
  • Correct application of mathematics and arithmetic
  • Answers clearly identified
  • Correct results
In addition, the assignment as a whole will be assessed against the following criteria:
Evidence of correct procedures
  • All necessary steps in analysis are present in correct order
  • Clear presentation of mathematical and arithmetical working linking given details of the problem to the results obtained.
  • Evidence of checking results (mathematical, graphical, logic common sense)
Evidence of understanding of the topic
  • Explanation of choices made in the analysis (why is procedure required, why this particular procedure)
  • Interpretation of results, eg limitations, direction of vectors
Professional presentation
  • The work (job) is clearly identified (problem, date, analyst)
  • Clear statement of each problem and its details and requirements
  • Logical layout of analysis
  • Appropriate use of diagrams, clear diagrams
  • Correct use of terminology, conventions
  • Clear English in the explanation of procedure and interpretation of results
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50% of the total weighted marks for the assignment are required to pass this unit
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

The submission should be in a single PDF document and the file size less than 5 MB. If your submission includes more files (eg. Spreedsheet) you can submit it as a zip folder.

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

1. Identify and discuss the implications of geological factors affecting the location, design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects.

2. Conduct geotechnical tests, analyse test data and prepare geotechnical reports.

3. Calculate basic engineering properties of soils and explain the relationship to soil behaviour.

4. Analyse the behaviour of soil in response to engineering applications using appropriate theories and national standards.

5. Communicate, work and learn both individually and in teams, document the process of modelling, testing and analysis and present the information in a professional manner.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title Laboratory Report
Task Description
,Practical exercises assist the students in achieving the Learning Outcomes for this unit. Students are required to complete the laboratory activities as per instructions given in the Practical Instruction Sheets. The Practical Instruction Sheets and report requirements will be given on the unit Website.

Students will handle soil and rock samples so it is possible that clothes become dusty and wet. Students must wear appropriate clothing for laboratory work, including closed shoes. Laboratory Coats are not required. Students who behave unprofessionally or risk the safety of other people or damage equipment may be excluded from the laboratory class, and consequently they may fail to complete compulsory assessment tasks and fail the unit. Students must attend the lab session before start of the session and those who are late more than 15 minutes will be excluded and cannot attend other groups.

For Activities 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6:

  • Each student must prepare a technical description of the test and associated procedures, and should prepare a data sheet to be used to record results during the test.
  • Each student must prepare a short test report for each experiment using the team data sheet for each test.This includes calculations and discussion on the results only, not test procedure description. Personal test reports must be short and precise to point out calculations/results/graphs and discussion. The limit for explaining the procedure, results and conclusions is maximum of 3 pages (Word/PDF file). A complete submission for practical assessment includes 2 files (in a zipped folder):
  • File 1) Excel File with all analysis and graphs. All cells must be formula based to track the calculations
  • File 2) Word/PDF file to explain the procedure, results and conclusions (maximum 3 pages).

List of Activities:

Activity 1: Sieve Analysis
[AS 1289.3.6.1-2009]

Activity 2: Atterberg Limits (Liquid limit, Plastic limit, linear shrinkage) tests.

[AS 1289.3.1.1-2009; AS 1289.3.9.1-2002; AS 1289.3.2.1-2009; AS 1289.3.3.1-2009; AS 1289.3.3.2-2009; AS 1289.3.4.1-2008]

Activity 3: Compaction test
[AS 1289.5.1.1-2003]

Activity 4: Consolidation test
[AS 1289.6.6.1-1998]

Activity 5: Permeability Tests (Falling head and Constant head)
[AS 1289.6.7.2, AS 1289.6.7.1]


Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students 2 weeks from the submission date (Return and Feedback must be requested by email on submission date. Otherwise student will not receive any feedback)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria
Each report will be assessed separately for the criterion accuracy and correct procedure as required in the Instruction.
  • Correct application of mathematics and arithmetic
  • Results clearly identified and explained
  • Correct results/explanation
Also, the report as a whole will be assessed against the following criteria:
Evidence of correct procedures
  • All necessary steps in experiment and reporting are followed in correct order
  • Clear presentation of results obtained.
  • Evidence of checking results (mathematical, graphical, logic common sense)
Evidence of understanding of the topic
  • Explanation of possible error in the experiment
  • Interpretation of results
Professional presentation
  • appropriate use of diagrams, clear diagrams
  • Correct use of terminology, conventions
  • Equation, images, data and tables, and the quality of presentation and layout.
  • Proper referencing of sources of information (if required, Harvard style should be used)
  • Clear English in the explanation of procedure and interpretation of results

Please also note that practical report is of individual submission and each student should do their own analysis and explanations based on the carried out test.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

The submission should be in a single PDF document and the file size less than 5 MB. If your submission includes more files (eg. Spreedsheet) you can submit it as a zip folder.

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

1. Identify and discuss the implications of geological factors affecting the location, design, construction and maintenance of civil engineering projects.

2. Conduct geotechnical tests, analyse test data and prepare geotechnical reports.

3. Calculate basic engineering properties of soils and explain the relationship to soil behaviour.

4. Analyse the behaviour of soil in response to engineering applications using appropriate theories and national standards.

5. Communicate, work and learn both individually and in teams, document the process of modelling, testing and analysis and present the information in a professional manner.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Restricted
The prescribed textbook (Soil Mechanics and Foundations by Muni Budhu), 3rd Edition This text should be printed only. No PDF copy is allowed to be used by electronic reading devices such as Laptop, iPad, iPhone, ... 2 A4 pages of formulations and graphs with minimal description (plain text is limited to 2 paragraphs only no more than 10 lines).
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes
Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy


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