Course Title: Analyse and design foundations

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6066

Course Title: Analyse and design foundations

Portfolio: SET

Nominal Hours: 60.0

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 Infra, Electrotec & Build Serv

Face-to-Face or Workplace

Course Contact: Tony Skinner Program Coordinator

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4444

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Course Description

This unit covers the competency 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 (piles), underpinning, trenching and sheet piling.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CIVE5619, CIVE5613, CIVE5612, CIVE5611, CIVE5563, CIVE5596

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

EAC030 Analyse and design foundations

Learning Outcomes

1. Select an appropriate footing type.
2. Carry out simple footing design to AS2870 ‘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 sheet-piling wall

Overview of Assessment

The format will include case studies and scenarios based on typical workplace activities to support problem-based assessment of the ability to complete the design to industry standards. The industry standards applied will reflect those stated in the curriculum document under the sub-heading: ‘Critical aspects of assessment’
Assessment method :
1. An end-of-course examination based on elements 1 and 7 and an overview of the others. (25%)
2. A set of minor design tasks based on elements 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 (75%)