Geomechanics 2

10 Units

This course introduces students to the principles of soil mechanics. The purpose of the course is to provide the foundation for geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering design.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion to geo-materials and explain its central role in geotechnical design
  2. Estimate soil shear strength and strength parameters from test data
  3. Understand the fundamentals in critical state soil mechanics
  4. Apply failure criteria to the analysis of shallow foundations, retaining walls and slope stability
  5. Conduct laboratory experiments to reinforce the basic principles of soil strength
  6. Use critical state soil mechanics to interpret undrained and drained shear strength of soils
  • Failure criteria, the use of the effective stress principle for estimating the strength properties of soil, laboratory experiments to determine soil strength parameters
  • Specific topics include the Mohr-Coulomb failure criterion for soils, soil shear strength, critical state soil mechanics, design of shallow foundations and retaining walls, seismic behaviour of soils and slope stability analysis
  • This course has similar content to CIVL3280. If you have completed CIVL3280, you cannot enrol in this course.
Assumed Knowledge Content from CIVL2280 Geomechanics 1 or equivalent
Assessment Items
  • Report: Laboratory Reports
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 1
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 2
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 3
  • Quiz: Mid-semester quiz
  • Formal Examination: Final exam

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 9 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for CIVL6280
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