Course Title: Analyse and design foundations and footings

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: CIVE7795

Course Title: Analyse and design foundations and footings

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6162 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering Design)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr Md Tanvirul Islam
Ph: +61 3 9925 8312

Appointment by email

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the knowledge and skills required to analyse the requirements and design the foundations and footings of a substantial engineering structure in accordance to a project brief.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22558 Analyse and design foundations and footings


1. Determine footings to be designed

Performance Criteria:

1.1  Occupational Health and Safety/Workplace Health and Safety (OHS/WHS) requirements and environmental requirements for a given work area are clarified.
1.2  Established OHS/WHS 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 design is determined 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 design approach

Performance Criteria:

2.1  OHS/WHS requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2  Documentation relating to design project is collected and analysed.
2.3  Design references and drafting equipment are set up to develop the design in accordance with enterprise procedures.


3. Complete the design

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Design references and equipment are used according to manufacturer’s manuals and enterprise procedures.
3.2  Calculation are performed to determine foundations and footing requirements
3.3  Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made from discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.
3.4  Methods for dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.
3.5  The design is completed to conform with relevant Australian standard, regulations and building codes
3.6  Design outcomes are analysed and examined with appropriate personnel and against project design brief and amended as required.


4. Compile, document and present results

Performance Criteria:

4.1  Design references and equipment are maintained and stored in accordance with enterprise procedures.
4.2  Results are recorded, analysed and reported to appropriate personnel in accordance with enterprise procedures.
4.3  Final designs 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
• Review questions
• Case projects

2.1 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
EA 1.1. 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 demeanor.
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 VU22558 in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:-

Week    Topics  Delivered                                                                                   Assessment Tasks
  • Introduction to foundation engineering
  • Type of foundations and footings
  • Selection of appropriate footing type
  • Basics of site investigations
  • OHS and environmental requirements
  • Risk control measures
  • Project briefing


Project Work

  • Basics of soil mechanics
  • Continuation of the project work
  • Test 1


Test 1

Project Work

  • Stresses in soil masses due to surface loading 
  • Continuation of the project work


Project Work

  • Bearing capacity theory of soil
  • Shallow footings on clay soils
  • Shallow footings in sand
  • Continuation of the project work


Project Work

  • Settlement of shallow footings on sand
  • Continuation of the project work
  • Test 2


Test 2

Project Work

  • Consolidation settlement of footings on clay soil
  • Continuation of the project work


Project Work

  • Pile foundations in clay
  • Pile foundations in sand
  • Continuation of the project work


Project Work

  • Design of simple gravity retaining wall 
  • Continuation of the project work


Project Work

  • Simple footing design to AS2870 "Residential Slabs and Footings"
  • Continuation of the project work


Project Work

  • Final presentation and submission of project report
 Project Work
  • Final Test (closed book)

 Final Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Principles of Foundation Engineering, SI Edition by Braja Das, Cengage Learning, 2015

1305446291, 9


Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course, you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Weekly Journal

Assessment 2: Tests

Assessment 3: Project Work

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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria Covered


Weekly Journal




Project Work






































Assessment Tasks

  • Assessment 1: Weekly Journal
  • Assessment 2: Tests
  • Assessment 3: Project Work

This course is assessed as Competent or Not Yet Competent. To be deemed competent, student must achieve satisfactory (S) results in all three (3) assessments.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs VU22558 Elements & Performance Criteria

  VU22558 Elements & Performance Criteria
1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 4.1 4.2 4.3
Weekly Journal x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Tests x   x x   x x x x x x x x x x x x  
Project Work x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

  Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Assessments                    EA1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6
Weekly Journal x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Tests x    
Project Work x x x

All Assessments


3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
0 (Blank)

Graduate Attribute is not assessed

1 Graduate Attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element       
2 Graduate 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

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities. The estimated time is minimum 20 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
    • Current
    • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

Study and learning Support: 

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. 
Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are: 

assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice 
maths and science developmental support and advice 
English language development 

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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Late submission: 

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager. 
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted. 
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date. 

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked. 

Special consideration: 

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. 

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Other Information: 

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

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