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CIVL9411: Geotechnical Engineering (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: CIVL9411: Geotechnical Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Civil Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Guillard , Francois
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The objectives of this unit are to provide an understanding of the factors influencing soil strength, and to give practice in the application of this understanding by exploring the stability of slopes, retaining walls and foundations. At the end of this unit students will be able to: determine the strength parameters appropriate to a range of stability problems, and understand the difference between total and effective stress approaches; evaluate strength parameters from laboratory data; critically analyse foundation stability and slope stability problems; use spreadsheets to perform parametric studies and produce design charts for simple geotechnical design problems; and communicate the results of experiments and analyses using written methods appropriate for professional geotechnical engineers. The syllabus comprises; methods of analysis for gravity and sheet pile retaining walls; reinforced soil; slope stability, including modes of failure, analysis and computer methods; bearing capacity of shallow foundations under general loading, and axial and lateral capacities of deep pile foundations; the mechanical behaviour of sands and clays; the Cam Clay model and the breakage model.
Assumed Knowledge: Fundamentals of soil mechanics including effective stress, pore pressure, consolidation and seepage.
Lecturer/s: Dr Guillard , Francois
Tutor/s: Dang Koa Phan and Ebrahim Alahei
Timetable: CIVL9411 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Learning the content of the lectures through practice.

Independent Study: The delivery approach is appropriate to enhance generic skills of self-learning, critical thinking and written communication.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Explain the effects of void-ratio, pressure, friction, dilation, and grain crushing on the strength of clays and sands using models of soil-mechanics.
2. Critically analyse foundation stability and slope stability problems
3. Use spreadsheets to perform parametric studies and produce design charts for simple geotechnical design problems
4. Determine the strength parameters appropriate to a range of stability problems, and understand the difference between total and effective stress approaches.
5. Communicate the results of analyses using written and visual methods appropriate for professional geotechnical engineers.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Quiz No 10.00 Week 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Two project assignments No 20.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Lab report No 20.00 Week 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
4 Two hour final exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
Assessment Description: Quiz: Quiz.

Project: Two project assignments.

Lab Report: Lab report.

Final Exam: 2 hour final exam.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Intro to foundation engineering + Soil Characterisation
Assessment Due: Quiz
Assessment Due: Lab report
Week 2 Soil Characterisation
Week 3 Models of soil mechanics
Week 4 Models of soil mechanics
Week 5 Slope stability: Intro Quiz–soil characterisation and models
Week 6 Slope stability: Limit equilibrium
Project #1– description
Retaining Walls: Intro, Limit equilibrium
Limit equilibrium
Week 7 Limit equilibrium + Rankine’s method
Week 8 Retaining Walls: Rankine’s method
Foundations: modes of failure, plus intro to bound theories/solutions
Week 9 Foundations: bound theories/solutions
Foundation: bound theories/solutions, Project #2 description.
Week 10 Foundations: general bearing capacity formulations and formulae
Week 11 Other applications of bearing capacity theories
General bearing capacity.
Week 12 Other bearing capacity applications. critical settlements
Week 13 Other bearing capacity applications. critical settlements
Exam Period Assessment Due: Two hour final exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Geomechanical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Geomechanical) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Civil) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Civil) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Fluids) 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Structural) 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 2) No 0%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 2) No 0%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 2) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.