ENEC14014 - Structural and Geotechnical Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will analyse, design and prepare documentation for major civil engineering projects involving a broad range of investigation and design activities. You will establish project requirements and determine design loads and conditions, analyse structures and design components using Australian Standards and/or relevant guidance. You will use commercial computer software to analyse and design the structures with various design actions; conduct site investigations, test and characterise geotechnical materials, design foundations and earth retaining structures, and make assessments of geotechnical stability. In this unit, you are expected to document the process of modelling, testing and analysis, and communicate, work and learn, both individually and in teams, in a professional manner. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisite: (ENEC12012 Stress Analysis or ENEC13010 Solid Mechanics) AND ENEC12008 Geotechnical Engineering AND (ENEC13015 Steel & Timber Design or ENEC13011 Steel Structures) AND (ENEC13016 Concrete Technology & Design or ENEC14013 Concrete Structures)

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 - 2021

Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 50%
2. Portfolio 30%
3. Oral Examination 20%

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 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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: Moodle
The unit was structured well and the content covered in a way to ensure easy learning.
This practice will continue in the next offer as well.
Action Taken
The unit was delivered very similarly to the 2019 offer.
Source: Moodle
Unit content is very useful and able to link with real-life problems.
This is a final year unit. Therefore, the unit content and assessments were set to reflect the real-life problems and the applications of basic theories in the design practice.
Action Taken
These features were continued in the unit delivered.
Source: Moodle
A few assessments were returned late.
Due to various reasons that happened in Term 1, 2020 some of the assessment feedbacks were delayed for more than 2 weeks. The unit coordinator and lecturers are aware of this issue and will ensure on-time assessment feedback will be given the highest priority in 2021.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle & email communications
Lecturers are very supportive and approachable.
This practice will continue in the next offer as well.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to ethical practice by promoting principals of sustainable development and awareness of stakeholder requirements
  2. Determine and justify loads and load combinations for a structural system
  3. Analyse and design concrete and masonry structural components using appropriate Australian Standards
  4. Describe and apply site investigation and geotechnical testing techniques to characterise sites and geotechnical materials based on Australian Standards
  5. Analyse and design foundations and earth retaining structures and assess stability of slopes
  6. Accurately model and analyse structural and geotechnical systems using industry-standard software and Australian Standards.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 3N )

1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 3I )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I 3I 4I )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 4I )

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 3A 4I )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2A 3A 4I 5A )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 2A 3A 5A )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1A 3I )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 3A 5A )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 3A 5A 6A )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 2A 3A 4A 5A )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 2I 3A 5A )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 3A 4A )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 3A 4A )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.

Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Oral Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Oral Examination