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CS4001 - Foundation Engineering and Rock Mechanics

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

Foundation Engineering: foundation analysis and design bearing capacity, two-dimensional consolidation settlement, settlement of shallow foundations on sand; bearing capacity and settlement of pile foundations; earth retaining structures rigid retaining wall, sheet piles, braced excavations and reinforced earth walls; introduction to reliability based design.Rock Engineering: engineering behaviour of rock and rock discontinuities; hemisphere projection technique with applications to rock slope stability; insitu rock stress and its measurement; introductory underground opening design. Case histories and special topics.

Learning Outcomes

  • appreciate the role of case histories in geo-engineering practice;
  • appreciate the role of rock material and discontinuity strength in the behaviour of rock slopes and underground openings;
  • design shallow and pile foundations;
  • estimate consolidation settlements;
  • select appropriate types of earth retaining structures;
  • apply hemisphere projection techniques to assess rock slope stability;
  • assess the stability of slopes.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (70%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Simulation activity - (10%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: CS3002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Peter To
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Siva Sivakugan, Dr Peter To.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 6 hours specialised
  • 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.