Course Title: Test and evaluate soils

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6093 Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Title: Test and evaluate soils

Portfolio: SEH Portfolio Office

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Vocational Engineering


Term2 2010,
Term2 2011,
Term2 2012,
Term2 2013,
Term2 2014,
Term2 2015,
Term1 2016

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit of competency deals with the skills and knowledge required to correctly classify soils and carry out standard tests in order to evaluate soils.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

CIVE5658 (EDX130B) Use technical mathematics (basic).
CIVE5654 (EDX010B) Communicate and apply standard industry precedures and policies in an engineering design office.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

EAC120B Test and evaluate soils


1. Classify soils using standard classification systems, tests and various soil parameters.

2. Perform a compaction test.

3. Determine soil properties from the results of triaxial and direct shear tests.

4. Demonstrate understanding of the behaviour of engineering soils.

Learning Outcomes


Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills.

To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table

NYC (<50%)
Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%)
Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%)
Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%)
Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%)
Competent - High Distinction