Geomechanical Engineering

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Master of Engineering majoring in Geomechanical Engineering

To qualify for the award of the Master of Engineering in this specialisation, a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including core and elective units of study as listed below.
Candidates with a Bachelor of Engineering Honours or equivalent in the relevant discipline, and who have reached the required level of academic achievement in their prior degree, may be eligible for a reduction of volume in learning of up to 24 credit points.

Core units

Candidates must complete 24 credit points of Core units.
Where Reduced Volume Learning has been granted candidates must complete a minimum of 12 credit points of Core units.
ENGG5102
Entrepreneurship for Engineers
6    A Some limited industry experience is preferred but not essential.
N ELEC5701
Semester 1
ENGG5202
Sustainable Design, Eng and Mgt
6    A General knowledge in science and calculus and understanding of basic principles of chemistry, physics and mechanics
Semester 1
ENGG5103
Safety Systems and Risk Analysis
6      Semester 2
PMGT5871
Project Process Planning and Control
6      Intensive July
Semester 1
Semester 2
Summer Main

Specialist units

Candidates must complete 24 credit points of Specialist units, but may take additional units as Electives.
Where Reduced Volume Learning has been granted candidates must complete a minimum of 24 credit points of Specialist units.
Exchange units may be taken as Specialist units with the approval of the Program Director.
CIVL5452
Foundation Engineering
6    A CIVL2410 AND CIVL3411. Students are assumed to have a good knowledge of fundamental soil mechanics, which is covered in the courses of soil mechanics (settlement, water flow, soil strength) and foundation engineering (soil models, stability analyses; slope stability; retaining walls; foundation capacity)
N CIVL6452
Semester 1
CIVL5458
Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering
6      Semester 1
CIVL6450
Analysis and Design of Pile Foundations
6    N CIVL5450
Semester 1
CIVL6454
Rock Engineering
6    A Undergraduate geology and soil mechanics.
N CIVL5454
Semester 1
CIVL6455
Engineering Behaviour of Soils
6    A CIVL2410 AND CIVL3411. A knowledge of basic concepts and terminology of soil mechanics is assumed. Experience with geotechnical practice in estimating parameters from field and laboratory data would be useful but not essential.
N CIVL5455
Semester 2
CIVL6456
Energy Geotechnics
6    A [CIVL2410 OR CIVL9410] AND [CIVL3411 OR CIVL9411]
Semester 2

Research units

All candidates are required to complete a minimum of 12 credit points from the following units:
CIVL5020
Capstone Project A
6    P 96 cp from MPE degree program or 48 cp from the MPE(Accel) program or 24 cp from the ME program (including any credit for previous study).
N CIVL5222 OR CIVL5223
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL5021
Capstone Project B
6    C CIVL5020
N CIVL5222 OR CIVL5223 OR CIVL5022
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL5022
Capstone Project B Extended
12    P 24 credit points in the Master of Engineering and WAM >=70, or 96 credit points in the Master of Professional Engineering and WAM >=70 or 48cp from MPE(Accel) program and WAM >=70
N CIVL5021 OR CIVL5222 OR CIVL5223

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL5222
Dissertation A
12    N CIVL5020 OR CIVL5021 OR CIVL5022

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
In order to enrol in a project, students must first secure an academic supervisor in an area that they are interested. The topic of your project must be determined in discussion with the supervisor. The supervisor can come from any of the Engineering Departments, however, they need to send confirmation of their supervision approval to the Postgraduate Administrator.
Semester 1
Semester 2
CIVL5223
Dissertation B
12    N CIVL5020 OR CIVL5021 OR CIVL5022

Note: Department permission required for enrolment
In order to enrol in a project, students must first secure an academic supervisor in an area that they are interested. The topic of your project must be determined in discussion with the supervisor. The supervisor can come from any of the Engineering Departments, however, they need to send confirmation of their supervision approval to the Postgraduate Administrator.
Semester 1
Semester 2
With permission from the Program Director candidates progressing with distinction (75%) average or higher results may replace CIVL5020, CIVL5021 and 12 credit points of electives with CIVL5222 & CIVL5223 Dissertation A & B.
A candidate who has been granted RVL and who is eligible to undertake the extended capstone project or dissertation may be granted exemption of up to 12 credit points of specialist units.

Elective units

Candidates may complete a maximum of 12 credit points from the following units:
Specialist units may also be taken as Elective units. Other Postgraduate units in the Faculty may be taken as Elective units with the approval of the Program Director.
Electives may be approved for candidates who have been granted RVL with the approval of the Program Director.
AMME5202
Computational Fluid Dynamics
6    A Partial differential equations; Finite difference methods; Taylor series; Basic fluid mechanics including pressure, velocity, boundary layers, separated and recirculating flows. Basic computer programming skills.

Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1
CIVL5266
Steel Structures - Stability
6    A There are no prerequisites for this unit of study but it is assumed that students are competent in the content covered in Structural Mechanics, Steel Structures, and Structural Analysis.
Semester 1
CIVL5269
Advanced Concrete Structures
6    P CIVL3205 OR CIVL9205
Semester 2
CIVL5277
Structural Rehabilitation and Timber Design
6    A (CIVL2201 AND CIVL3205 AND CIVL3206) OR (CIVL9201 AND CIVL9205 AND CIVL9206)
Semester 2
CIVL5320
Engineering for Sustainable Development
6    P CIVL3310 OR CIVL9310
Semester 2
CIVL5351
Geoenvironmental Engineering
6      Semester 2
CIVL5453
Geotechnical Hazards
6    A (CIVL2410 AND CIVL3411) OR (CIVL9410 AND CIVL9411). Students are assumed to have a good knowledge of fundamental soil mechanics, which is covered in the courses of soil mechanics (settlement, water flow, soil strength) and foundation engineering (soil models, stability analyses; slope stability; retaining walls; foundation capacity).
Semester 2
CIVL5460
Particle Mechanics for Geotechnics
6    A (CIVL2410 OR CIVL9410) AND (CIVL3411 OR CIVL9411)
Semester 1
CIVL5668
Fundamentals of Wind Engineering for Design
6      Semester 1
CIVL5670
Reservoir, Stream and Coastal Engineering
6    A (CIVL3612 OR CIVL9612) AND MATH2061
Semester 1
CIVL5999
Advanced Research and Analysis
6    A (CIVL2201 OR CIVL9201) AND (CIVL2611 OR CIVL9611) AND (CIVL2410 OR CIVL9410)
Semester 1
CSYS5010
Introduction to Complex Systems
6      Semester 1
Semester 2
CSYS5020
Interdependent Civil Systems
6      Semester 1
ENGG5231
Engineering Graduate Exchange A
6      Intensive January
Intensive July
ENGG5232
Engineering Graduate Exchange B
6      Intensive January
Intensive July

For more information on degree program requirements visit CUSP (https://cusp.sydney.edu.au).