CIV5902 - Geotechnical engineering and construction - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Ivan Zhang

Unit guides



  • Term 3 2018 (On-campus)


This unit will provide the learner practical knowledge on geotechnical engineering and construction technology of various geotechnical projects and scales. The learner will learn to develop solutions to a variety of geotechnical construction methods including ground modification, rock and soil excavations, ground supports, and performance monitoring. The unit will provide the graduate to develop engineering perspectives on geotechnical engineering and construction technology from project implementation to project completion.


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

  1. know features of different equipment and machinery used in geotechnical construction
  2. understand construction contractual issues and procedures
  3. acquire construction management skill including project planning and risk assessment
  4. develop schemes for various geotechnical construction projects execute performance monitoring and appraisal of geotechnical structures


Continuous assessment: 60%

Examination (2 hours): 40%

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

Total of 144 hours

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Civil Engineering