CS3002 - Soil Mechanics and Geology
|Student Contribution Band:
||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.
- 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
- critically analyse settlement, seepage and stability problems;
- formulate, evaluate and solve the problems using sound geotechnical engineering principles.
Study Period 2
|Census Date 29-Aug-2019
||Dr Peter To.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 39 hours lectures
- 7 hours tutorials
- 36 hours practicals
- assessment and self-directed study
||end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).
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