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48330 Soil Behaviour

6cp; 2hpw (lecture), 2hpw (tutorial) (7wks) and 3hpw (combined tutorial and laboratory) (4wks)
Requisite(s): 48331c Mechanics of Solids
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Fields of practice: Civil Engineering program


Undergraduate

Description

The objective of this subject is to give a broad-based introduction to the geosciences and a more rigorous introduction to soil as an engineering material. The subject concludes with a detailed study of the problems of soil settlement and soil shear strength. Geology practicals and soil laboratory sessions allow students to gain deeper insight into the soil behaviour through hands-on civil/geotechnical engineering interpretation and experience. In addition, the research project/case study and debate activity enable students to gain research skills. At successful completion of this subject, students communicate effectively with civil and geotechnical engineers as well as engineering geologists for real design and construction projects. In addition, students are able to Identify, interpret and analyse geotechnical data obtained from the field or laboratory for infrastructure and building design and construction projects, contributing to the subject and course graduate attributes.

At the completion of this subject students should: be familiar with the natural processes occurring on the surface of the earth; be able to communicate with geologists, earth scientists and others involved in studying the ground; understand the fundamentals of the behaviour of soil as an engineering material; be aware of those aspects of soil behaviour which have a significant environmental impact; be able to solve a range of soil-related problems, especially those involving water flow and soil settlement; and have a solid basis for further formal study and self-study in the geotechnical area.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus


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