Course Title: Implement site investigation procedures
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2016
Course Code: BUIL6240
Course Title: Implement site investigation procedures
School: 130T Vocational Engineering
Campus: City Campus
Program: C6132 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology
Course Contact: Program Manager
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468
Course Contact Email: email@example.com
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Dr A R M Muniruzzaman
Phone: +61 3 9925 4415
Mr Ahmet Ertuncay
Phone: +61 3 9925 8375
Nominal Hours: 60
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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply site investigation procedures and geological studies, through an understanding of engineering soils, major rock and mineral types, in accordance with AS 1726. This includes tests that are common to the behaviour of engineering soils, in accordance with AS 1289.
No Licencing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
VU21124 Implement site investigation procedures
1. Identify site location and materials to be tested and analysed
1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OH&S requirements and risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation of the work area.
1.3 Safety hazards which have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
1.4 The site location, testing and analysis task are identified from documentation, work requests or discussions with appropriate personnel.
1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.
1.6 Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.
2. Plan test and analyse
2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Equipment/machines and procedures are checked as being in accordance with OH&S requirements.
2.3 The history of the site and materials to be tested are identified and recorded.
2.4 Test equipment is checked for calibration and conforming to Australian Standard.
2.5 Materials to be tested are prepared to Australian and/or local standards or regulations in accordance with enterprise procedures.
3. Conduct test and analyse results
3.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
3.2 Equipment/machines/plant are checked as being isolated in strict accordance with OH&S requirements, where necessary.
3.3 Test is conducted to job requirements in accordance with Australian Standards.
3.4 Test equipment is operated/used to Australian Standards.
3.5 Results are recorded and analysed.
3.6 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.
3.7 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.
4. Document and report results
4.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
4.2 Results are recorded, analysed and reported according to enterprise procedures.
4.3 Results are stored and archived according to enterprise procedures.
Refer to Elements
Details of Learning Activities
You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.
• Review questions
• Case projects
• Lab journal
Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:
EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base
EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.
EA 2. Engineering Application Ability
EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.
EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes
EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.
Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency VU21124 in the Assessment Matrix.
The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:
|Week||Topics Delivered ||Elements/Performance Criteria|
|1||Identification and documentation of OH&S issues and environmental requirements in the lab and in the field, and methods of reporting control measurements to appropriate personnel. |
Selection of site location, testing methods, and test equipment in accordance with enterprise procedures.
|1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1|
|2||Planning, testing and analysing rock and soil tests (geological and geotechnical classifications of soils and rocks, point load testing)||2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2|
|3||Geological and geo-physical site investigation methods||2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2|
|4||Site observation, supervision and site investigation methods||1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5,3.6,3.7, 4.1, 4.2|
|5||Rock and soil sampling methods||2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2|
|6||Formative assessment (30%)|
|7-8||Soil classification tests (Atterberg Limits and Sieve Analysis)||2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2|
|9-10||Soil physics (soil mass, volume, density and specific gravity calculcations, particle density test)||2.3, 3.5, 4.2|
|11||Standard Penetration Test (SPT), California Bearing Ratio (CBR) test||2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2,4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2|
|12||Soil permeability (Constant Head and Falling Head tests)||2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2|
|13||Determination of soil properties from Triaxial and Direct Shear test||2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2|
|14-15||Compaction test (Standard and Modified)||2,1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2|
|16||The behaviour of engineering soils and soil stabilization methods, and consolidation of soils||1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2|
|17-18||Final Test (closed book)|
Overview of Assessment
Assessments 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.
Assessment 1: Written Test 1
Weighting towards final grade (%): 35
Assessment 2: Practical laboratory tests
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30
Assessment 2: Written Test 2
Weighting towards final grade (%): 35
These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Assessment Mapping Matrix
|Element/Performance Criteria Covered||Written Test 1||Practical laboratory tests||
- Formative assessments 30%
- Practical Laboratory Tests 30%
- Final Test (closed book) 40%
The practical laboratory tests and the final test must be completed successfully to be eligible to be deemed competent.
This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:
80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.
Assessment vs VU21124 Elements & Performance Criteria
|VU21124 Elements & Performance Criteria|
|Practical laboratory tests||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
|Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies|
|Practical laboratory tests||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|All Assessments VU21124||3||3||3||1||2||3||3||1||1||1||3||2||2||1||1||1|
|0 (Blank)||Graduate attribute is not assessed.|
|1||Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element|
|2||Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element|
|3||Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element|
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