CIV5901 - Geotechnical analysis and design - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - 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

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Ivan Zhang

Unit guides



  • Term 3 2019 (On-campus)


This unit gives an advanced analysis of geotechnical problems, and provides the fundamental concepts and mechanics necessary for geotechnical engineering design. The course aims to provide an understanding of the factors influencing geotechnical properties and ground-structure interaction, and to give practice in the application of this understanding in designing complex geotechnical engineering structures.


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

  1. investigate ground conditions based on various in-situ geotechnical measurements
  2. determine physical and mechanical properties of soil and rock materials that can be used in geotechnical analysis and design
  3. determine ground movements and settlements associated with various geotechnical structures in and on grounds
  4. design and analyse geotechnical structures by computational and analytical methods design geotechnical structures by industry standards and codes of practice


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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

See also Unit timetable information

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

Civil Engineering