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Unit Overview

Description
This unit presents an introduction to soil mechanics for civil engineering foundation designs and mining engineering. The topics range from the basic
soil classifications for engineering purpose, to concepts of effective stress; soil compression and consolidation; seepage; and the strength of soils. The underlying framework is that of critical state soil mechanics which links the strength and stiffness of soil to the density and effective stress level.

In-class practice sessions are an essential component of the teaching of the unit to ensure students gain supervised experience in the application of effective stress and critical state principles. Students gain hands-on experience in laboratory experiments and report on soil engineering properties based on the laboratory experiments. The laboratory experiments are designed to supplement understanding gained at lectures on the soil classification and strength of soils.
Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) write concise technical reports; (2) identify the role of geotechnical engineering in the civil and mining engineering design process; (3) apply geotechnical design principles in civil and mining engineering design; (4) identify soil properties, compressibility and strength for soil foundation design; (5) perform soil laboratory tests on soil properties for foundation design; (6) assess the pros and cons of soil laboratory testing; and (7) work effectively and cooperatively in teams.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory participation and quiz; (2) laboratory reports; and (3) module tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Yuxia Hu
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus and MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods and PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers and Enrolment in ( BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or CB006 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Commerce or CB004 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Science or CB014 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/ Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) )
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
ENSC3009 Geomechanics
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practice sessions: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
Note
Enrolled students can access unit materials via the LMS (Learning Management System).
Texts

Atkinson, J. The Mechanics of Soils and Foundations, 2nd edn: Taylor & Francis 2007

Whitlow, R. Basic Soil Mechanics, 4th edn: Longman Scientific and Technical 2001

Bolton, M. D. A Guide to Soil Mechanics: Macmillan Press 1979

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