CIVL 2013 Soil Mechanics (WSTC AssocD)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700245

Coordinator Abbas Ranjbar Opens in new window

Description This unit is an introductory unit covering the use of soil, and the water in it, as an engineering material. It will provide students with a basic understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of soils, simple soil testing methods to characterise soil strength and deformation behaviour and how to apply basic techniques to assess the hydro-mechanical response of soils subjected to loading.Offerings of alternate units are dependent on there being sufficient student enrolment numbers. If enrolments are low, the College may cancel delivery of the alternate unit.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) MATH 1017

Equivalent Subjects CIVL 2011 - Soil Engineering CIVL 2012 - Soil Mechanics

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College in 7022 Associate Degree in Engineering

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain the concepts of soil mechanics
  2. Apply soil mechanics concepts to soil engineering problems
  3. Analyse the response of soil and the water in it when subjected to loading
  4. Apply basic laboratory tests to measure the engineering properties of soils
  5. Solve simple design problems in soil engineering

Subject Content

1. Soil formation
2. Clay mineralogy
3. Soil classification
4. Soil compaction
5. Effective stress in soils
6. Flow of water in soils
7. Flow nets and the engineering effects of water movements
8. Consolidation and settlement
9. Stress increases in soils
10. Shear strength in soils
11. Lateral stresses in soils


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online quizzes x 5 30 minutes each 15 N Individual
Practicals Laboratory participation and two reports – 7.5% each Equivalent to 1,500 words each 15 N Both (Individual & Group)
Mid-term test 1 hour 20 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Quarter 2

Nirimba Education Precinct


Subject Contact Abbas Ranjbar Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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