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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Jianfeng Xue


Geological processes, geological time scale, folding and faulting geological map interpretation, mineral types and influence on engineering properties, identification of soil and rock types and behaviour, site investigation techniques, geological history, stereographic projection, kinematic analysis of slopes, engineering uses of rock and soil, the stress-strain pore pressure response of soil and rock, failure criteria, stress paths, drained and undrained strengths, consolidation and creep settlements, earth pressures; and over-consolidated and normally consolidated behaviour, analysis and design of slopes, embankments, retaining walls, foundations and tunnels.


To develop an understanding of the principles of basic geotechnical engineering and engineering geology and their application to the investigation, modelling, analysis and design of geoengineering structures.


Design assignment: 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%. Students must pass both assignment and examination components

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jianfeng Xue

Contact hours

24 lectures, 24 hours of design class or practicals, 8 hours of field trip per semester