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CS3002 - Soil Mechanics and Geology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Engineering (pre 2015)

Introduction to engineering geology and geo-engineering; Basic geology: identification of rocks and minerals in relation to engineering problems, stratigraphy, structural geology, weathering and landscape formation, sediment processes, geomorphology, geological hazards. Soil Mechanics: seepage analysis (two-dimensional), pore pressure measurement and method of fragments; 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, Bishops method, GALENA; site investigation, CPT and other insitu tests, interpretation of CPT data. Case histories.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse cases of two-dimensional seepage in saturated soils;
  • appreciate the significance of geological factors in geo-engineering problems;
  • identify the rocks and minerals of most significance to civil and environmental engineering;
  • make estimates of consolidation settlement;
  • read and interpret geological maps;
  • select appropriate strength parameters for analysis and investigate the stability of slopes using Bishops method;
  • specify appropriate methods of soil site investigation and interpret the results.
Prerequisites: CS2005


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Siva Sivakugan.
Workload expectations:
  • 65 hours - Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, practicals, site visits and/or seminars. Refer to Subject Outline for details.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

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.