Course Title: Geotechnical Engineering 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Geotechnical Engineering 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption. 

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT: https://policies.rmit.edu.au/document/view.php?id=209

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: https://www.rmit.edu.au/covid/coming-to-campus 

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CIVE1108

City Campus

Undergraduate

120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Face-to-Face

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

CIVE1108

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

CIVE1129

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh 3 11,
Offsh3 13,
Offsh3 14

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CIVE1129

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFSep2019 (VC10)

CIVE1129

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFSep2020 (VC13)

CIVE1129

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFSep2021 (All)

CIVE1129

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFSep2022 (All)

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Dilan Robert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1908

Course Coordinator Email: dilan.robert@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.09

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study:

You should have satisfactorily completed CIVE1178 Geotechnical Engineering 1 before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.


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 has taken 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.)


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 pre-recorded lectures and tutorial classes and a laboratory session. You will work both individually and collaboratively with your lecturer/tutors for better understanding of the theories, designs, development and applications.  The course is supported by the Canvas learning management system. 

Total study hours: 50 hours of formal contact for one semester comprising pre-recorded 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: http://rmit.libguides.com/civileng 


Overview of Assessment

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

Note: This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1:  Mid-semester assignment (online, 24 hours, in Week 7 or 8)
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 4.

Assessment Task 2: Lab class report (online, 2 weeks)
Weighting 10%
This assessment task supports CLO 3 & 5.

Assessment 3: End of semester assessment (online, 24 hours)
Weighting 50%
This assessment supports CLOs 1 to 6