ENEC12008 - Geotechnical Engineering

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit explains why geological processes that produce landforms, geological structures, rocks, and soils affect the location, design, construction, and maintenance of civil engineering projects. In the unit, you will conduct geotechnical tests, analyse test data, prepare geotechnical reports, and discuss the engineering characteristics and properties of soil. 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. You will be required to have access to a computer and to make frequent use of the internet, particularly if you are a distance (FLEX) student. Distance students will complete the practical work at a residential school.

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

Prerequisites: [ENEG11006 Engineering Statics OR PHYS11184 Engineering Physics A OR ENAG11005 Mechanics] 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).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

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 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. Take Home Exam 40%

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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 54.76% 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: Unit Website
Feedback
The unit was very organised and relevant to industry practice.
Recommendation
The industrial relevance of this unit will be maintained in future offerings.
Action Taken
Industry-relevant problems were one of the main focus of this unit. This relevance was maintained and further enhanced in 2019.
Source: Unit Website
Feedback
The personalised feedback providing session and getting to know the lecturer was simply outstanding. Students felt valued and very much part of the process. The lecture recordings were of a very high quality.
Recommendation
CQU introduced the Echo360 ALP (active learning platform) from this year which was utilised in this unit. This resulted in very high-quality video recordings. The lecture materials and delivery mode will be maintained and improved.
Action Taken
The Echo360 ALP is embedded in Moodle with weekly recording links provided on the unit website. The lecturer takes the view that each learning journey is different and tailored interventions can boost the morale of the student. This philosophy was strictly adhered to and student interactions were carried out on a regular basis over the term.
Source: Unit Website
Feedback
Every single content was explained in detail. The lecturer was thorough and to the point.
Recommendation
Although this a compliment, the lecturer will continuously work to improve the student experience in every aspect of the unit.
Action Taken
The lectures were continued to be explained in a manner that both BEng and Associate Degree students understood. This aspect of the course was maintained and is at the heart of everything I do.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The contents were presented in a manner which made it very easy to learn and understand.
Recommendation
This is a great complement! The contents will be continued to be explained so that the underlying principles are understood by all students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
An overview of a sample exam and recapping of the tutorials will be beneficial.
Recommendation
Although previous exam questions were provided on Moodle, it appears that some students needed solutions for them. For future offerings, previous exam solutions will be provided. An overview of the completed tutorials will also be provided. The lecturer hopes to email/contact students and ask the tutorial problems they would like to revise. Based on this, the specific tutorial problems will be revisited/focused on near the end of the term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The tutorials were very effective and helped learning. The lecturer provided tremendous learning support.
Recommendation
The tutorials were meticulously explained with a comprehensive discussion of the practical variances possible. This key aspect of the tutorials will be maintained in future offerings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and discuss the implications of geological factors affecting the location, design, construction, and maintenance of civil engineering projects
  2. Conduct geotechnical tests, analyse test data, and prepare geotechnical reports
  3. Calculate basic engineering properties of soils and explain the relationship to soil behaviour
  4. Analyse the behaviour of soil in response to engineering applications using appropriate theories and national standards
  5. Communicate, work and learn both individually and in teams, document the process of modelling, testing, and analysis and present the information in a professional manner.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers, Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists, and Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Associates.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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 - Practical Assessment
4 - Take Home Exam