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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 serve as 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 prepare to achieve the stated learning outcomes in 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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Earth Sciences|Engineering
Coordinator Doctor Hong Liu
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify earth materials and geological processes in laboratory and in the field on the basis of their characteristic properties.
  • Apply geological and geophysical methods to discover essential information on distributions and properties of the earth materials.
  • Classify engineering soils in a systematic and unified manner according to Australian and international standards.
  • 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.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
030900 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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KAA110 OR ENG103 OR JEE135

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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



AssessmentTest or quiz (12.5%)|Field Notes/Report (12.5%)|Tutorial Participation/Other Participation (12.5%)|Abstract (12.5%)|Examination - invigilated (centrally) (50%)
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