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SEV362 - Geotechnical Engineering


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Susanga Costa

Must have passed one unit in SEV200, SEV252 or SEV352



Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 1 hour classes per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week.


In nearly all civil engineering projects, engineers need to analyse the behaviour of the ground and prevent failure in soils. This unit builds on the basic knowledge of soil mechanics obtained in previous units and expands it by introducing topics related to shear strength of soils which are essential in understanding failure in soils. Applications of the covered soil mechanics theories will be studied in analysis and design of retaining structures, slopes, and shallow and deep foundations.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this unit successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Communicate effectively and professionally to identify the requirements of a problem and develop a strategy to address these requirements within the time and resource constraints

GLO2: Communication
GLO6: Self-management


Employ and apply geotechnical and other fundamental engineering theories and concepts to solve problems

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Compare and propose solutions to complex and ill-defined geotechnical problems based on established theories and engineering judgment

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Problem solving task 2-4 calculation-based questions and analysis 15% Week 6
Design report Written report, 10-page maximum 35% Week 10
Examination 2-hour written examination 50% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the examination and a mark of at least 40% in the design report.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEV362 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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