ENEC20003 - Geotechnical Engineering Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Geotechnical Engineering Design will enable you to develop and apply your knowledge of Australian Standards and/or relevant guidance to analyse and design advanced geotechnical engineering structures involving a broad range of investigations. You will also learn to use computer software to analyse and design the geotechnical components; conduct site investigations; test and characterise geotechnical materials, design foundations, and earth retaining structures; and make assessments of geotechnical stability. You will also formulate, plan, manage, and complete projects individually and in teams in an ethical and professional manner by considering stakeholders and sustainability requirements. You will also document and communicate engineering information using appropriate language for a professional engineer. If you are enrolled in distance mode, you will be required to attend a compulsory residential school during the term.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Antirequisite: ENEC14014 Structural and Geotechnical Design

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 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2023 Profile
Melbourne
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 12-credit Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Practical Assessment 20%
4. In-class Test(s) 30%

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 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 62.5% 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
Feedback
Students believe that the assessment tasks of this unit help them to grow their research and teamwork skills.
Recommendation
That is good and will try to upscale the unit standards.
Action Taken
The assessment types will be kept similar and new topics for assignment 1 will be provided each semester.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The weekly workshop for numerical analysis of geotechnical problems is one of the most strong features of this unit and students appreciate it. Students believe that this will be helpful for them for their future civil engineering job.
Recommendation
That is good and will try to upscale the unit standards.
Action Taken
The numerical analysis workshop sessions will be empowered by introducing new topics.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The teaching style, course structure and the resources of this unit are well appreciated by students.
Recommendation
That is good and will try to upscale the unit standards.
Action Taken
The teacher will try his best to keep up the teaching standards.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
It is requested to deliver the tutorial sessions after the lectures
Recommendation
This will be implemented.
Action Taken
The tutorials are always scheduled to be after the lecture.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Students believe that running the numerical analysis workshops in the computer lab will be more effective since students will be able to access software during the class.
Recommendation
It has been requested to assign a computer lab for the workshop sessions.
Action Taken
Unfortunately, Term 2, 2021 was run by Zoom due to the lockdown in Melbourne. However, in Term 1, 2022 it will be run in the computer labs.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
The Anydesk is not working well always.
Recommendation
The Anydesk platform has been recently updated and it will work better.
Action Taken
It is always a good practice to contact ITD or let the Unit Coordinator know of any issue for connection or remote access.
Source: Moodle Website
Feedback
This is a very well run unit that covers complex engineering topics delivered very clearly and lucidly.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued and new innovations will be continued to further enhance the delivery.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Website
Feedback
The use of GeoStudio provides students with a working knowledge of a standard industry software package. The variety of engineering topics was interesting.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued into the future. New and more industry-relevant problems will be included in the next offering.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle Website
Feedback
It would be good to have assignment feedback by way of comments mark-up on the submissions.
Recommendation
This issue will be investigated and ways to provide more comprehensive feedback will be explored.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design group piles, pad foundations and earth retaining structures and assess stability of slopes
  2. Formulate, plan, manage and complete projects individually or in teams in an ethical and professional manner considering stakeholder requirements and principals of sustainable development
  3. Apply site investigation and geotechnical testing techniques to characterise sites and geotechnical materials based on Australian Standards
  4. Use appropriate software to analyse geotechnical components
  5. Demonstrate a professional level of communication and leadership.

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:
Introductory
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1N )
Intermediate
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2N )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 1N 4I )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 1I 4I )
Advanced
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 3N 4A )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 4A )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1A 3N 4I )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 1I 3I 4A )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 2A 4I 5A )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1I 2A )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 2A 5I )

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 Postgraduate Units 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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - In-class Test(s)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - In-class Test(s)