Course Title: Analyse and design foundations

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6093 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Title: Analyse and design foundations

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term2 2010,
Term2 2011,
Term2 2013,
Term2 2014,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency covers the skills and knowledge required to analyse and design residential slabs and footings, shallow footings in general and retaining structures, as well as select piles, underpinning methods and their applications, based on the fundamental principles and concepts applied to deep foundations, underpinning, trenching and sheet piling.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

EDX130B-Use technical mathematics (basic)
EDX140B-Use technical mathematics (advanced)
EDX100B-Analyse force systems (basic)
EDC010B-Carry out geotechnical site investigation
EAC120B-Test and evaluate soils

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

EAC030B Analyse and design foundations


1. Select an appropriate footing type.

2. Carry out simple footing design to AS 2870 "Residential Slabs and Footings".

3. Carry out simple shallow footing designs based on the principles of soil mechanics.

4. Calculate stresses in a soil mass.

5. Design simple cantilever and gravity retaining walls.

6. Select pile type/s and prepare a design.

7. Determine appropriate underpinning for various situations.

8. Design and analyse unsupported excavation trenching.

9. Design a cantilever sheetpiling wall.

Learning Outcomes


Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction