BLAR12052 - Geotechnical Studies

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will learn the role of geotechnical investigations in the design process, and soil mechanics including description of physical properties, soil classification, bearing capacity, permeability, compressibility, shear strength, slope stability, flow of water, and foundations and footings including investigations into basic principles of subsurface rock and soil materials and their ability to support structures.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

BLAR11049 Built Environment Communication and Skills Or COMM11003 Professional and Technical Communication (before 2012 term 1)

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
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Term 2 - 2021 Profile
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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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
4. Written Assessment 35%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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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.

Source: "Have Your Say" Feedback
Feedback
Many useful examples were provide in the lectures.
Recommendation
Real life examples will continue to be provided - this will be expanded on in future lectures.
Action Taken
More examples were provided and discussed in lectures and tutorials. Some questions of assignment tasks were designed referring to real-life examples.
Source: "Have Your Say" Feedback
Feedback
The learning material on the Moodle site was clearly presented and very easy to find and navigate, allowing me to focus on the learning the content.
Recommendation
Learning resources will continue to be clearly presented and structured.
Action Taken
The structural clarity of the unit schedule and the Moodle site has been retained.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation (SUTE)
Feedback
The lecturer is very well organised and all information required is on Moodle and further supported by weekly tutorial sessions. I wish all units were this well planned.
Recommendation
Lecturer to maintain the same delivery strategy.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation (SUTE)
Feedback
The lecturer was very thorough providing so many avenues to understand the work. The study guide was very good, the text was technically very good but where this unit excelled was the provision of a taped lecture and a face to face tutorial to work through the really technical stuff. Brilliant. Enjoyed the work.
Recommendation
Lecturer to maintain the same delivery strategy.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply soil and rock mechanics principles in building design and construction.
  2. Interpret the influences of geological processes and natural environments on geotechnical design.
  3. Explain the use and limitations of geotechnical design in built environment projects.
  4. Perform basic geotechnical calculations including soil phase relationships, strength, stability, stress, compressibility, permeability and bearing capacity.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Written Assessment