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 Hong Liu
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International 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

  • 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
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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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


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1 hour lectures per week,

1 x 1 hour tutorial per week, and 

3 x 3 hours practicals per semester


AssessmentQuizzes (10%)|Exam (30%)|Design project (35%)|Assignments (15%)|Practical reports (10%)
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Knappett, J.A., Craig, R.F. 2012. Craig's Soil Mechanics, 8th Edition, SPON Press


Budhu, M. 2011. Soil Mechanics and Foundations (3rd Edition). J.Wiley and Sons Inc, NY
Das, B.M. 2010. Principles of geotechnical enineering, 7th edition, CENGAGE Learning
Ishibashi, I. and Hazarika H. 2010. Soil Mechanics Fundamentals, CRC Press
Beer, D. and McMurrey, D. 2009. A guide to writing as an engineer (3rd Edition). Wiley:

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