Courses & Units

Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics ENG221



This unit analyses how the characteristics of earth materials may influence the design, construction, stability and life of engineering structures and consists of two components: engineering geology and soil mechanics. The engineering geology component will make an introduction to geology, engineering geology, rock evaluation and geophysical methods and impact of geology on design and stability of engineering structures such as slopes, cuttings, quarries, tunnels, dams and bridges. The soil mechanics part will introduce soil classification, soil phase relationships, soil compaction, Darcy's law and water seepage through soils, Terzaghi's effective stress principle, and soil consolidation theory and test. Students will learn this unit through attending a series of lectures, tutorials, field trip and laboratory practicals.


Unit name Engineering Geology and Soil Mechanics
Unit code ENG221
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Earth Sciences|Engineering

Dr Hong Y Liu

Teaching staff

Dr Michael Roach

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Identify earth materials and geological processes in laboratory and/or field on the basis of their characteristic properties.

2. Apply geological and geophysical methods to derive essential information on distributions and properties of the earth materials.

3. Classify engineering soils in a systematic and unified manner according to Australian and international standards.

4. Apply Darcy's law and Terzaghi's effective stress principle to evaluate soil permeability, deformation, and strength properties during the processes of water seepage through soils and soil consolidation.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,798.00 030900

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Teaching Pattern



5 major assessments:  field-trip report (12.5%), geology practicals and quizzes (12.5%), assignments (12.5%), laboratory practicals (12.5%) and end of semester examination (50%).

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