CS2005 - Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Engineering classification of soils, engineering characteristics and uses, phase relationships,
Atterberg limits, compaction. Origin of soils. Saturated and unsaturated soils, effective
stress and pore pressure, capillary effects simple stress states in soils. Permeability
and one-dimensional seepage, filter design, quick conditions. Consolidation. Shear
strength of soils, Mohr-Coulomb failure theory, direct shear and triaxial testing.
Foundation types, bearing capacity of shallow foundations, introduction to stresses
beneath footings. Lateral pressures on retaining walls, Rankine's earth pressure theory,
design of simple retaining walls. Foundations on reactive soils, shrink-swell behaviour,
site classification. Simple site investigation, disturbed and undisturbed sampling.
- calculate the earth pressures on simple retaining walls and check their stability;
- classify soils from an engineering viewpoint and appreciate their likely characteristics;
- determine Mohr-Coulomb strength parameters given the results of standard laboratory
strength tests on soil;
- interpret the results from basic site investigations;
- perform standard laboratory classification and compaction tests and specify appropriate
methods and standards for field compaction;
- perform calculations relating to moisture/density relationships, total and effective
stress and pore water pressure, permeability and one-dimensional seepage in saturated
- perform simple calculations for stress beneath footings, bearing capacity and settlement.
Study Period 2
|Census Date 29-Aug-2019
||Assoc. Professor Siva Sivakugan.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 39 hours lectures
- 13 hours tutorials
- 27 hours practicals
- assessment and self-directed study
||end of semester exam (60%); other exams (20%); quizzes or tests (5%); 5 practicals worth 3% each (15%).
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process,
and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest