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 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Perth
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Perth
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Perth
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2022 Profile
Melbourne
Mixed Mode
Perth
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 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 78.26% 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 Website
Feedback
The resources provided in this unit supported my learning.
Recommendation
Continue to add more useful and practical topics for Term 2, 2019.
Action Taken
This will be continued.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Delivering and covering practical materials in this unit can effectively upgrade the professional skills of students.
Recommendation
Due to the importance of this unit in the Master Program, It is recommended to assign an appropriate textbook for this unit so that students can have the opportunity to explore the subject content. In addition to this, discussion on relevant guidelines, particularly Australian Guidelines, should be considered in learning materials.
Action Taken
A good textbook has been assigned. The Australian Standards will be discussed more in the unit from Term 3, 2020.
Source: Moodle Website
Feedback
Providing detailed feedback in a timely manner will help in improving efficiency and learning.
Recommendation
Will provide more detailed feedback within the given timeframe.
Action Taken
The feedback has been provided on time, however, sometimes the volume of assignments, and the number of students will delay the assignment feedback.
Source: Moodle Website
Feedback
The unit coordinators interest and involvement to help students was the best.
Recommendation
Continue to keep the same involvement every year.
Action Taken
This will be continued.
Source: Moodle Website
Feedback
Running workshops in computer labs will effectively help the learning process because of many difficulties in running GeoStudio Software via AnyDesk.
Recommendation
Will run the workshop sessions in computer labs in the next offering. It is important to ensure that all students have access to the required software easily and effectively.
Action Taken
It has been requested to Timetable the workshop in the computer lab so all students can access the Geostudio software within the class.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
It is requested to deliver the tutorial sessions after the lectures
Recommendation
This will be implemented.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
4 - In-class Test(s)