Courses & Units

Foundation Engineering and Design ENG706



This unit builds on the basic concepts and fundamental principles of engineering geology and soil mechanics and focuses on geotechnical engineering design. It introduces the following topics to students: soil stress path, soil shear strength, critical state model, bearing capacity and serviceability limit of geotechnical structures, footing design, pile foundation design, slope stability, lateral earth pressure and retaining wall design.


Unit name Foundation Engineering and Design
Unit code ENG706
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Doctor Hongyuan (Hong) Liu
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Model the behaviour of engineering soils under typical loading conditions using poroelastic model, Mohr-Coulomb failure model and critical state model.
  • Design typical geotechnical structures such as footing, pile, slope and retaining wall including their documentations to ensure their short-term and long-term stabilities using both total and effective stress analysis methods.
  • Evaluate the stability of geostructures against typical failure mechanisms using analytical and numerical methods
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
030911 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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ENG103 or KAA110

Concurrent Prerequisites


Mutual Exclusions

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

KNE773 or ENG315 or KNE273


AssessmentDesign/drawing (50%)|Report (20%)|Data analysis (30%)
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