University of Technology Sydney

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



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.

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.

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Autumn session, City campus
Spring session, City campus

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