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CS3002 - Soil Mechanics and Geology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Introduction to engineering geology and geo-engineering; Basic geology: the Earth as a system, plate tectonics, identification of rocks and minerals in relation to engineering problems, structural geology, the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, volcanoes and earthquakes. Soil Mechanics: seepage analysis (two-dimensional), pore pressure measurements and method of fragments, SEEP/W; response of soils to stress changes, Terzaghi theory, consolidation and one-dimensional settlement, secondary compression; shear strength and compressibility, Mohr Coulomb strength criteria for drained and undrained conditions, triaxial testing, peak and residual strength, stress paths; slope stability, infinite slope analysis, method of slices, Bishop's method, SLOPE/W; site investigation, CPT and other in situ tests, interpretation of CPT data.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain the fundamentals of geology and analyse its influence on geotechnical engineering;
  • identify different rock types;
  • conduct advanced soil tests, analyse and interpret the results, and present them through professional reports;
  • critically analyse settlement, seepage and stability problems;
  • formulate, evaluate and solve the problems using sound geotechnical engineering principles.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Technical report - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 2 - (50%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: CS2005


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Dr Peter To
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Siva Sivakugan, Dr Peter To, Dr Alex McCoy-West, Dr Melanie Finch.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 7 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: 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 official information.