Course Title: Implement site investigation procedures

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2018

Course Code: BUIL6240

Course Title: Implement site investigation procedures

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6132 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


 Dr M M Younus Ali
 Ph:  +61 3 9925 4646


Dr. Amita Iyer
School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Science (SVEHS)
Program Manager
Tel: (03) 9925 8311
Fax: (03) 9925 4189

Appointments via email

Nominal Hours: 60

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


Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply site investigation procedures and geological studies, through an understanding of engineering soils, major rock and mineral types, in accordance with AS 1726. This includes tests that are common to the behaviour of engineering soils, in accordance with AS 1289.

No Licencing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU21124 Implement site investigation procedures


1. Identify site location and materials to be tested and analysed

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area are obtained and understood.

1.2 Established OH&S requirements and risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation of the work area.

1.3 Safety hazards which have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.

1.4 The site location, testing and analysis task are identified from documentation, work requests or discussions with appropriate personnel.

1.5 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.

1.6 Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.


2. Plan test and analyse

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.

2.2 Equipment/machines and procedures are checked as being in accordance with OH&S requirements.

2.3 The history of the site and materials to be tested are identified and recorded.

2.4 Test equipment is checked for calibration and conforming to Australian Standard.

2.5 Materials to be tested are prepared to Australian and/or local standards or regulations in accordance with enterprise procedures.


3. Conduct test and analyse results

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.

3.2 Equipment/machines/plant are checked as being isolated in strict accordance with OH&S requirements, where necessary.

3.3 Test is conducted to job requirements in accordance with Australian Standards.

3.4 Test equipment is operated/used to Australian Standards.

3.5 Results are recorded and analysed.

3.6 Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.

3.7 Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.


4. Document and report results

Performance Criteria:

4.1 OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.

4.2 Results are recorded, analysed and reported according to enterprise procedures.

4.3 Results are stored and archived according to enterprise procedures.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.
• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Practicals
• Review questions
• Case projects
• Lab journal

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base
EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability
EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes
EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency VU21124 in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

Week                              Topics Delivered                            
Elements/Performance Criteria
1Identification and documentation of OH&S issues and environmental requirements in the lab and in the field, and methods of reporting control measurements to appropriate personnel.

Selection of site location, testing methods, and test equipment in accordance with enterprise procedures.
1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 3.1, 4.1
2Planning, testing and analysing rock and soil tests (geological and geotechnical classifications of soils and rocks, point load testing) (Point Load Lab week 3-4 and weighting 6%)2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2
3Geological and geophysical site investigation methods2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2
4Site observation, supervision and site investigation methods1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5,3.6,3.7, 4.1, 4.2
5Rock and soil sampling methods2.1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2
6 - 7Soil physics (soil mass, volume, density and specific gravity calculations, particle density test)2.3, 3.5, 4.2
8Written Test 11.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2
9 - 10Soil classification tests (Atterberg Limits and Sieve Analysis)
(Atterberg Limits Lab week 9-10 and weighting 8%) 
(Sieve Analysis Lab week 11-12 and weighting 8%)
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2
11 - 12Compaction test (Standard and/or Modified) 
(Compaction Test Lab week 13-14 and weighting 8%)
2,1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2 
13 - 14Standard Penetration Test (SPT), California Bearing Ratio (CBR) test2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2,4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2
15Soil permeability (Constant Head and Falling Head tests)2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2
15 - 16Determination of soil properties from Triaxial and/or Direct Shear test2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2
16The behaviour of engineering soils and soil stabilization methods, and consolidation of soils1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2
17 - 18 Written Test 21.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.1, 4.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Online notes posted on Blackboard


Australian Standard 1289 – Methods of testing of soils for engineering purposes
Australian Standard 1726 – Geotechnical site investigations
Australian Standard 1141 – Methods for sampling and testing of aggregates


Other Resources

AS1289, AS1141, AS1726

Overview of Assessment

Assessments 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.


Assessment 1: Written Test 1

Weighting towards final grade (%): 35


Assessment 2: Practical laboratory tests

Weighting towards final grade (%): 30


Assessment 2: Written Test 2

Weighting towards final grade (%): 35

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix 

Element/Performance Criteria CoveredWritten Test 1Practical  laboratory tests


 Test 2

1.1 X X X
1.2  X 
1.3  X 
1.4 X X X
1.5  X 
1.6  X 
2.1 X X X
2.2  X 
2.3 X X X
2.4 X X X
2.5 X X X
3.1 X X X
3.2  X 
3.3 X X X
3.4  X 
3.5 X X X
3.6  X 
3.7  X 
4.1 X X X
4.2 X X X
4.3 X X X



Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Written Test 1 (Week 8)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 35

Assessment 2: Practical laboratory tests
      Lab 1 - Point Load Test (6%) (Week 3-4)
      Lab 2 - Atterberg Limits Test (8%) (Week 9-10)
      Lab 3 - Sieve Analysis (8%)  (Week 11-12)
      Lab 4 - Compaction Test (8%)  (Week 13-14)
Total weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Assessment 3: Written Test 2 (Week 17 and/or 18)
Weighting towards final grade (%): 35

The practical laboratory tests and the written tests must be completed successfully to be eligible to be deemed competent.

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs VU21124 Elements & Performance Criteria

 VU21124 Elements & Performance Criteria
Written Test 1X  X  X XXX X X  XXX
Practical  laboratory testsXX XXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Written Test 2X  X  X XXXX X X  XX

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Written Test 1 x x x  x x x  x  x   x  
Practical laboratory tests x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Written Test 2 x x x  x x x  x  x   x  
 All Assessments VU21124 3 3 3 1 3 3 3 1 3 1 3 1 1 3 1 1
 0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.               
 1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element               
 2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element               
 3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element               

Other Information

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