Faculty of Engineering

print version

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Professor Jayantha Kodikara



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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. evaluate soil consolidation and associated settlements
  2. evaluate shear strength of soils and rocks
  3. analyse advanced soil strength testing and stress paths results considering drained and undrained behaviour
  4. understand various soil models to analyse soil/rock behaviour
  5. analyse stability of soil and rock slopes
  6. apply earth pressure theories to design basic retaining walls


Continuous assessment: 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.

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)