Course Title: Geotechnical Engineering 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Geotechnical Engineering 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017


Voc Training Ctre of Hong Kong


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Offsh 3 11,
Offsh3 13,
Offsh3 14

Course Coordinator: Dilan Robert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1908

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.17B

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The required prior study for this course is CIVE1178 Geotechnical Engineering 1.

Course Description

This course covers a wide range of problems in Civil Engineering. It includes topics such as: foundations for different types of buildings and bridges, excavations, slopes and retaining walls. This course builds on the material introduced in Geotechnical Engineering 1 and develops concepts and models for analysis and design of engineering projects involving soils in a natural or compacted state.

Whilst CIVE1108 Geotechnical Engineering 2 is based in the City Campus, laboratory work will take place in Bundoora East campus from Semester 2, 2015 onwards. Please consult with your course coordinator for more information.

WAM statement:

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onwards. See the WAM information web page for more information.)

The WAM web page link:;ID=eyj5c0mo77631

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BH077 - Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)

1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline

2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Analyse the role of a geotechnical engineer in civil engineering projects
  2. Describe laboratory consolidation tests and interpret the test data for obtaining the consolidation settlement of fine grained soils.
  3. Determine the shear strength of soils under drained and undrained conditions using laboratory shear tests
  4. Discriminate types of retaining walls and calculate lateral earth pressures using Rankine’s and Coulomb’s methods.
  5. Estimate the stability of slopes considering various drivers (such as seepage, gravity, etc) which provoke slope failure
  6. Apply established engineering practices to design foundations considering strength, long and short-term settlement, deformation and safety

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn the concepts and applications of geotechnical engineering through a series of lectures and tutorial classes and a laboratory session. You will work both individually and also collaboratively with your lecturer/tutors for betting understanding of the theories, designs, development and applications.  The course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system. 

Total study hours: 50 hours of formal contact for one semester comprising lectures and tutorials/lab sessions. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of 72 hours per semester in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed text, recommended references and a learning package will be used as required. Further, access to computers, simulation programs and Geomechanics Laboratory resources will be provided during the course.

RMIT Library Subject Guide: 

Overview of Assessment

The course involves three assessment tasks which align with the expected outcomes of the course.  They include a mid-semester test, laboratory practical and the final exam. Details of each assessment are given below.

Note that: ☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1:  Mid-semester exam

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 4.

Assessment Task 2: Lab class report

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 3 & 5.

Assessment 3: End of semester examination

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1 to 6