Course Title: Geotechnical Engineering 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Geotechnical Engineering 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CIVE1159

City Campus

Undergraduate

120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

CIVE1159

City Campus

Undergraduate

120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2016

CIVE1159

City Campus

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

CIVE1160

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh1 14,
Offsh1 15

CIVE1160

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

Offsh1 17

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CIVE1160

SHAPE, VTC

Undergraduate

172H School of Engineering

Face-to-Face

OFFJan2019 (VC6)

Course Coordinator: Professor Jie Li

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 3554

Course Coordinator Email: jie.li@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 10.12.12

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites:

CIVE1178, Geotechnical Engineering 1, and CIVE1108, Geotechnical Engineering 2. If you have not completed these courses or received an exemption you are advised not to enrol in this course.


Course Description

Building on knowledge and skills developed in CIVE1178 Geotechnical Engineering 1 and GCIVE1108 Geotechnical Engineering 2 you will enhance your ability to approach practical problems in Geotechnical Engineering in a competent and professional manner. On successful completion of this course, graduates will be able to make use of theoretical soil mechanics in the solution of some practical problems in the area of pile foundations, retaining walls, ground improvement techniques, seepage through earth structures and other topics as appropriate.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course specifically addresses the following Program Learning Outcome for BH077 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours):

Knowledge and skill base
1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Estimate the allowable axial load capacity and settlement of single piles and pile groups
  2. Calculate flow through earth structures and determine the stability of simple geotechnical systems subjected to two-dimensional flow of water
  3. Design and check the stability of rigid retaining walls and braced cuts
  4. Design the surcharge needed to eliminate the entire primary consolidation settlement with or without sand drains of clay soil layers and describe vibroflotation and dynamic compaction techniques.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn the concepts and applications of geotechnical engineering through a series of pre-recorded lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. You will work both individually and also collaboratively with your lecturer/tutors for better understanding of the theories, design methods and applications.  The course is supported by the Canvas learning management system.

There are four assessment tasks in this course which are aligned with the expected learning outcomes of the course. They include assignments, a laboratory class report, and an online quiz. Details of each assessment are given below. 

Total study hours: 50 hours of formal contact for one semester comprising lectures and tutorials/lab sessions. In addition, you may expect to spend a minimum of 72 hours per semester in independent study.


Overview of Learning Resources

Resources include a textbook, recommended reference books, lecture notes, and a lab manual (available in the course Canvas). 


Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Assignment 1

Weighting 40% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 to 2

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Class Report

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 1 to 4

Assessment Task 3: Assignment 2

Weighting 40% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1 to 4

Assessment Task 4: Online Test (this is a one hour test that must be completed within a 24-hour time window). 

Weighting 10%

This assessment supports CLOs 1 to 4