CIV4248 - Ground hazards engineering - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Professor Malek Bouazza

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)




Geotechnical engineering concepts applied to solve or minimise geo-hazard problems specific to waste containment facilities, contaminated sites and redevelopment and construction on marginal land. The unit focuses on geotechnical aspects of ground improvement, as well as in the analysis, design and construction involving projects located on marginal land. Learning through failure cases to highlight potential pitfalls of the discipline is an important component in this unit.


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

  1. Perform basic analytical procedures related to stability.
  2. Understand the importance of ethics and legal matters for geotechnical and geoenvironmental projects.
  3. Gain insight into the importance of minimising the likelihood of failures.
  4. Understand the concept of ground improvement.
  5. Provide solutions to ground improvement based on sound analytical methods.


Continuous assessment: 100%

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 practice class and 8 hours of private study per week.

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