Teaching earth pressure theory using physical models: an example in civil engineering

Shiau, Jim S. and Hobson, Michael A. (2011) Teaching earth pressure theory using physical models: an example in civil engineering. In: International Engineering and Technology Education Conference 2011 (IETEC 2011) , 16-19 Jan 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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The transition from basic Engineering courses in the first year of Civil Engineering curriculum, into the analysis and design of Civil Engineering structures can be challenging for students. Indeed, most students find it difficult in learning some of the theoretical courses in later years of their engineering studies. In this paper, discussions will be directed to the role of physical models in assisting the teachings of advanced Civil Engineering courses. Examples of physical models will be shown by making use of those developed by the authors in the teaching of Geotechnical Engineering at University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

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Additional Information: http://www.ietec-conference.com/Conference%20Proceedings/ietec/papers/Conference%20Papers%20Refereed/Wendesday/WP4/WP4.1_36.pdf. Copyright © Shiau and Hobson,2011: The authors assign to IETEC11 a non-exclusive li-cense to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive license to IETEC11 to publish this document in full on the World Wide Web (prime sites and mirrors) on CD-ROM and in printed form within the IETEC 2011 conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohi-bited without the express permission of the authors.
Depositing User: Dr Jim Shiau
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 23 May 2012 07:19
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2014 04:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: civil engineering; geotechnical engineering; technical teaching; physical model
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091503 Engineering Practice
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090501 Civil Geotechnical Engineering
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8702 Construction Design > 870201 Civil Construction Design
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20520

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