Course Title: Advanced Geotechnical Design and Construction

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Geotechnical Design and Construction

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


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

Course Coordinator: Professor Jie Li

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3554

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.12.004

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course investigates the design and assessment of engineering projects on, in and with soil and rock materials.  Case studies and projects involving complex problems are selected from applications including pavement systems, deep foundations, problem soils and innovative construction materials and techniques. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to development of the following program learning outcomes for MC257 Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering):

  1. Needs, Context and Systems
    • Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders
  2. Analysis
    • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities
  3. Professional Practice
    • Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities
    • Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline
    • Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects


On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Analyse and design flexible pavements and describe the properties, testing methods and classifications of different pavement materials.
  2. Analyse and design shallow and deep foundations in complex subsurface soil conditions
  3. Investigate pavements and foundations construction techniques.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course activities are structured around lectures, tutorials, case studies  workshop discussions and presentations

Total study hours: 

Teacher Guided Hours : 36

Learner directed Hours: 72 hours 

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture materials, case studies, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, practice exams, quiz questions and references.

Subject Guides are available from the RMIT Library:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

The purpose of assessment is to determine whether you have acquired capabilities.  The assessment will be focused on mastery of applied knowledge in a professional practice setting.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Quizzes

Weighting 10% (Weeks 1 -12)

This assessment task addresses CLO 1-3

Assessment Task 2:  Assignment 1 (Individual)

Weighting 40%  This assessment task addresses CLOs 1-2

Assessment 3: Assignment 2 (Individual)

Weighting 50% 

This assessment addresses CLOs 1-3