Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Civil Engineering
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Susanga Costa


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.


Assignments: 50% and 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.

Workload requirements

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

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