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 SCA 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 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 39.39% response rate.

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: Student Unit Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
The worked examples were very easy to follow and enabled learning to be undertaken to fully grasp the concepts.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue with the same teaching strategy in which the theory will be presented in lectures in advance and online interactive tutorials will be used to practice examples from the theory already presented.
Action Taken
The lecturer adopted the same strategy using lectures in advance to cover the theory and the followed up tutorials to work out practice examples from the theory.
Source: Student Unit Teaching Evaluation
Feedback
The unit delivery has provided ample guidance on where to find materials for the assessment.
Recommendation
It is recommended to continue with the same teaching strategy in which the lecturer regularly provides 'Tips for Assessment Questions' in News Forum/ Quickmail upon covering the required knowledge in lectures and tutorials to answer those questions.
Action Taken
The lecturer guided the students on approaching the assessment questions upon the completion of each week's teaching content. The communication was happened in both modes: verbally and written. The lecturer first discussed the assessments in the online tutorial and later posted what was discussed in the Unit News Forum, Quick Mail and MS Team.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation (SUTE)
Feedback
The learning material is reflected with everyday use in the professional environment.
Recommendation
The lecturer will adopt the same teaching strategy by including more practical examples in weekly lectures, tutorials and assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation (SUTE)
Feedback
The lecturer went above and beyond to provide additional tips and advice, which were very helpful in completing the assessment tasks. In addition to the scheduled zoom sessions, the lecturer made himself available for extra zoom sessions to provide help upon request.
Recommendation
The lecturer will adopt the same teaching strategy by providing additional help for students to undertake assessment tasks and understand the teaching content.
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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Written Assessment