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ENEC12008 Geotechnical Engineering
Geotechnical Engineering
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General Information


This unit explains how geological processes that produce landforms, geological structures, rocks, and soils affect the location, design, construction, and maintenance of civil engineering projects. In this unit, you will gain knowledge of the engineering properties of soils, conduct and analyse data from geotechnical tests performed according to Australian Standards, and prepare high quality geotechnical reports.You will select appropriate approaches for analysing the behaviour of soils in civil engineering applications. You will need to use appropriate 'civil engineering language' in context and document the process of modelling and analysis of geotechnical problems. You will present information in a professional manner and communicate, work, and learn, both individually and in teams. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates. This unit will promote progress toward the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 15 - Life on the land.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: [ENEG11006 Engineering Statics AND [MATH11218 Applied Mathematics OR MATH11160 Technology Mathematics]

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2023

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Residential Schools

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Class and Assessment Overview

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Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Moodle


The lectures were very informative and relevant to the real world.


The high-quality lectures along with their real-world relevance will be maintained in future offerings.

Feedback from Moodle


Assignments were promptly returned which greatly helped learning.


The lecturer will maintain the good aspect of providing timely feedback.

Feedback from Moodle


The lecturer was holistic and made sure no one is left behind.


This is a great compliment. The lecturer will continue to engage with students and make sure everyone is making the most of this course.

Feedback from Moodle


The labs helped understanding of the content but the report felt too heavy.


Due to several fundamental laboratory tests conducted in this preliminary geotechnical engineering course, some students felt the report was too long. The coordinator will research alternate options and work more hands-on with students so that technical report writing becomes fun and not a burden.

Unit Learning Outcomes

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Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes

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Textbooks and Resources

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Academic Integrity Statement

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