Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Civil Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Assoc Professor Jayantha Kodikara


Geological processes, folding and faulting, geological map interpretation, mineral types and influence on engineering properties, identification of soil and rock types, origins 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 behaviour, analysis and design of slopes, embankments, retaining walls and tunnels.


At the conclusion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. establish geological models considering geological processes, in-situ testing and tunnelling works
  2. determine soil consolidation and associated settlements
  3. determine shear strength of soils and rocks
  4. analyse advanced soil strength testing and stress paths results considering drained and undrained behaviour
  5. analyse stability of soil and rock slopes
  6. apply earth pressure theories to design basic retaining walls
  7. communicate with group members effectively through report writing, group work and interviews


Test: 10%
Design assignment: 40%
Examination (3 hours): 50%.
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

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Contact hours

One 2 hour lecture, one 2 hour practical class and 8 hours private study per week.