Course Title: Carry out geotechnical site investigation

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: CIVE5670

Course Title: Carry out geotechnical site investigation

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact : Tony Skinner - Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4444

Course Contact Email:tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator: Mr Tony Skinner
Tel. 9925 4444 Fax. 99254377
Email: tony.skinner@rmit.edu.au

Teacher: Mr Ahmet Ertuncay
Tel. 9925 8375 Fax. 99254377
Email: ahmet.ertuncay@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 40

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

CIVE5654 (EDX010B) Communicate and apply standard industry procedures and policies in an engineering design office.

Course Description

This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to carry out site investigation in accordance with the industry standard (AS 1726).


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDC010B Carry out geotechnical site investigation


Learning Outcomes


 


Details of Learning Activities

Teacher-led :
* Explain the term ‘Site Investigation’ together with an overview of site investigation methods and their role at every stage of a Civil Engineering project.
* Explain the site investigation tasks carried out during an engineering project.
* Describe geological and geophysical testing methods.
* Explain and demonstrate field sampling methods and procedures.
* Demonstrate reporting soil classification reports.
* Illustrate the requirements for writing a technical report.
Student-based problem-solving :
Participate in individual problem solving activities completed to industry standard related to typical engineering workplace problems requiring:
Calculation of moisture content in soil.
Completing Atterberg Limits work sheet
Completing Particle Size Distribution work sheet
Writing report regarding soil test results.


Teaching Schedule

Week NumberTopic Content Delivery
Including Learning activities
Element/
Learning Outcome
Assessment task
1Supervisor and Site Supervision1.1 -1.2 – 1.3Oral Presentations
2Supervisor and Site Supervision / Site Observation1.4 – 2.1Oral Presentations
3Site Observation2.1Oral Presentations
4Site Investigation Methods3.1 -3.2 – 3.3Oral Presentations
5Site Investigation Methods3.4 – 3.5Oral Presentations
6Soil Sampling4.1Oral Presentations
7Soil Sampling4.2Oral Presentations
8Course feedback, Term Final Assessment  Written Test 1 / Journal
9Standard Penetration Test5.1 – 5.2 – 5.3Oral Presentations
10Standard Penetration Test5.4 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 5.8Oral Presentations
11Soil Description6.1 – 6.2Oral Presentations
12Soil Description6.3 – 6.4Oral Presentations
13Rock Description7.1 – 7.2 – 7.3Oral Presentations
14Rock Description7.4 – 7.5Oral Presentations
15Geophysical Investigation Methods8.1Oral Presentations
16Geophysical Investigation Methods8.2Oral Presentations
17Course feedback, Term Final Assessment
 Written Test 1 / Journal
18Course feedback, Final Assessment
  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

From online notes posted on blackboard.


References

- Manual of Soil Laboratory Testing Volume 1, K. H. Head, Pentech Press,
- Australian Standard 1726 – Geotechnical Site Investigations,
- Australian Standard 1289 - Methods of testing soils for engineering purposes,
- Australian Standard 1141 - Methods for sampling and testing of aggregates.


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

To achieve competence in this unit a student must demonstrate competence to industry standard in each element in terms of selected performance criteria and underpinning knowledge and skills.
A higher grading may be achieved by demonstrating competence in terms of additional performance criteria and underpinning knowledge and skills.

Context of assessment
This unit will be assessed in the classroom and/or the laboratory environment using holistic assessment based on typical workplace activities and/or related theory knowledge.

Assessment Method
Exams/tests
Laboratory work (where possible)
Practical work/demonstration (where possible)
Journal/Presentation

The format of the test will include case studies and scenarios based on typical workplace activities to support problem-based assessment of ability to accurately complete site work sheets to industry standards. The industry standards applied will reflect those stated in the curriculum document under the sub-heading: ‘Critical aspects of assessment’

Students will have access to manufacturer’s charts and a list of relevant formulae, equations and material constants.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks
There are six assessments for learning elements and two written test in the last session of each term covering roughly one hour. The eight assessments all contribute to the final result for this course. There are no extensions to assessment tasks. See attached Assessment Task schedule.

Assessment 1 – Oral Presentation 1
As a group of (maximum) 2 students, you are required to research about the chosen topic, prepare Power Point presentation, and orally present it in the classroom.
This assessment task will have a weighting of 10 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 2 – Oral Presentation 2
As a group of (maximum) 2 students, you are required to research about the chosen topic, prepare Power Point presentation, and orally present it in the classroom.
This assessment task will have a weighting of 10 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 3 – Journal
All students are required to research about the scheduled topic and keep their hard copy research results and the information obtained in the classroom will be kept in a folder, and of the term folder will be checked and marked according to its content.
This assessment task will have a weighting of 5 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 4 – Written Test 1
All topics covered during this term will be the content of this assessment task which is roughly one hour closed book written exam.
This assessment task will have a weighting of 25 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 5 – Oral Presentation 3
As a group of (maximum) 2 students, you are required to research about the chosen topic, prepare Power Point presentation, and orally present it in the classroom.
This assessment task will have a weighting of 10 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 6 – Oral Presentation 4
As a group of (maximum) 2 students, you are required to research about the chosen topic, prepare Power Point presentation, and orally present it in the classroom.
This assessment task will have a weighting of 10 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 7 – Journal
All students are required to research about the scheduled topic and keep their hard copy research results and the information obtained in the classroom will be kept in a folder, and of the term folder will be checked and marked according to its content.
This assessment task will have a weighting of 5 % of the final overall assessment mark
Assessment 8 – Written Test 2
All topics covered during this term will be the content of this assessment task which is roughly one hour closed book written exam.
This assessment task will have a weighting of 25 % of the final overall assessment mark.


Assessment Matrix

TERMCompetency / ModuleOral Presentation
10 %
Oral Presentation
  10 %
Journal
     5 %
Written Test
       25 %
1Supervisor and Site Supervision
Site Observation
Site Investigation Methods
Soil Sampling
1 out of 41 out of 4XX
2Standard Penetration Test
Soil Description
Rock Description
Geophysical Investigation Methods
1 out of 41 out of 4XX

Other Information

You need to obtain minimum PASS from all assessment tasks, failing one or more assessment task will result in failing the course.

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