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CS4001 - Foundation Engineering and Rock Mechanics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
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.
Prerequisites: CS3002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Siva Sivakugan
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
  • 39 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
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.