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 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Jayantha Kodikara


Consolidation theory of soils, estimation of consolidation and creep settlements for different types of soils, advanced topics on shear strength of soils and rocks for various drainage conditions, stress-paths and laboratory triaxial tests, determination of drained and undrained shear strength parameters, critical state mechanics and various failure criteria, soil and rock slope analysis, earth pressure theory and design of retaining walls.


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

  1. construct geological models considering geological processes, in-situ testing and tunnelling works
  2. evaluate soil consolidation and associated settlements
  3. evaluate 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. manage effectively with group members through report writing, group work and interviews


Continuous assignment: 40%
Examination (3 hours): 60%.
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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Workload requirements

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