Geomechanics 1

Course code CIVL2280Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

Covers the basic principles of soil mechanics and engineering geology as a foundation for geotechnical modelling and rock mechanics. It aims to introduce students to the concepts and vocabulary of geotechnical engineering and to provide a basis for the geotechnical engineering strand.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesA1 To identify and understand the physical and chemical properties of soils and rocks of engineering interest.

A2 Understand the basic concepts of engineering geology and know how to apply them in civil engineering practice.

A3 To understand the central role played by the principle of effective stress in soil mechanics and geotechnical design.

A4 To calculate flow rate of water through saturated soil using Darcy's law and flow theory.

A5 To understand the theory of one dimensional consolidation in soft soils.

A6 To estimate the stresses in soils and the deformation properties of soils and introduce the concepts of settlement and consolidation.

A7 To illustrate the basic properties of soils and rocks by laboratory methods and field work.
ContentAn introduction to soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering. Topics include: physical properties and classification of soil and rock, index properties of soil and rock, behaviour of rock mass, rock structures, site mapping, soil classification, weathering, the colloidal behaviour of clays, soil chemistry, capillarity, seepage and flow nets, the principles of effective stress, settlement, consolidation and compaction.
Replacing Course(s)N/A.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeContent covered in CIVL1121 Mechanics and Materials or GENG1001 Introductory Mechanics.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassPractical examination during laboratory classes.
Essays / Written AssignmentsThree written assignments to provide feedback on calculation type questions.
Examination: FormalNOTE: Any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in Week 1.
Laboratory ExercisesCompleted at the end of each of the four laboratory classes (compulsory item).
ReportsField reports - compulsory item based on attendance at excursion (may be replaced by written assignment in the event the excursion has to be rescheduled).
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Field Study: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2.5 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentField Trip :
The field trip provides students a course critical context for the material presented in class. Participation during the field trip is required as is the completion of a field report. Students missing this field trip will be allowed to complete a 10,000 word essay on topics associated with concepts presented during the field trip if an appropriate adverse circumstances form has been lodged according to the adverse circumstances policy. Students failing to attend the field trip, and not lodging an appropriate adverse circumstances request, will fail this course by virtue of the compulsory component clause.

All four laboratories are critical to student understanding of the materials presented, and to be presented, in the lectures and as such are a compulsory course component. Students are required to complete all laboratories in the scheduled times unless an appropriate adverse circumstances form has been lodged according to the adverse circumstances policy. Where students fail to lodge an adverse circumstances form, and miss one or more laboratories, a fail grade will be recorded for this course by virtue of the compulsory component clause. If an appropriate adverse circumstance form has been accepted by the course co-ordinator, an alternate laboratory will be scheduled before the end of the current semester.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for CIVL2280