RSE4111 - Numerical modelling - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering



Prof Bre-Anne Sainsbury

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


Students are introduced to the state-of-the-art in numerical methods and their application for engineering design. The unit provides an overview of existing numerical methods and theory and provides a background for the selection of the most appropriate numerical modelling procedure for specific applications.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise the current state-of-the-art numerical methods and their theory.
  2. Assess how numerical schemes and grids influence the behavior of the model.
  3. Assess the various sources of error that may turn up in the model.
  4. Appraise the limitations of a model.
  5. Demonstrate how numerical models can be as a tool to solve problems in rock engineering.


Assignment/Practical/Project work/Tests (continuous assessment): 50%

Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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

2 hours lectures, 3 hours practice class and 7 hours private study per week

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Chief examiner(s)


CIV2242 and completion of 132 credit points