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Module Code: CEN212
Module Title: Basic Soil Mechanics
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: CEN110
The module aims to introduce the students to basic soil mechanics concepts (fluid flow, consolidation settlement and stress distributions in soil masses), and show how the fundamental principles of Soil Mechanics are applied to simple problems including the stability of slopes and pressures against earth retaining structures.
Learning outcomes 
Knowledge and Understanding

A Understand the terminology and fundamental principles which form the basis of Soil Mechanics.

B Understand the importance of effective stress in the determination of the shear strength of soil.

C Understand the way in which soils respond to changes in external stress under either drained or undrained conditions.

D Understand the application of the basic principles to simple problems involving the seepage of water through soils.

E Understand the application of the basic principles to simple problems involving the stability of the masses.

F Understand the application of the basic principles to simple problems involving consolidation settlement of foundations on clay soils.

G Understand the application of the basic principles to simple problems involving the load carrying capacity of shallow foundations.

H Be aware of some methods available for modifying the basic properties of soils

I Be aware of the importance of and the methods for monitoring foundation performance

Intellectual Abilities

J Be able to determine the basic properties describing the consistency of soils

K Be able to determine the pressure heads in an stability of multilayer soil mass undergoing seepage

L Be able to determine the pumping capacity from wells

M Be able to determine this shear strength parameters for cohesionless and cohesive soils from laboratory and field tests

N Be able to determine the failure mode and critical height of a simple slope in saturated clay based on the Taylor/Fellenius design curves.

O Be able to determine the consolidation settlement of a foundation resting on a clay soil.

Realize the factors influencing settlement beneath an isolated footing or raft foundation

P Be able to determine the ultimate and safe bearing capacities for shallow foundations of various geometries, and the bearing capacities of pier foundations in either cohesionless or cohesive
Method of teaching and learning 
The lectures are used to teach the background knowledge. Practical classes are used to teach how the real world behaviour of materials relates to the theoretical behaviour.

Lecture 1: Course Introduction

Lecture 2 Soil Description, Soil Classification

Lecture 3 Stress and Effective Stress

Lecture 4 Permeability and Groundwater Flow

Lecture 5 Seepage

Lecture 6 Strain and Strength

Lecture 7 Strength and Critical State Theory

Lecture 8 Residual Strength, and the Complete Stress Strain Curve

Lecture 9 The measurement of Shear Strength Parameters

Lecture 10 Slope Stability 1

Lecture 11 Slope Stability 2

Lecture 12 Slope Stability 3

Lecture 13 Consolidation 1

Lecture 14 Consolidation 2

Lecture 15 Settlement 1

Lecture 16 Settlement 2

Lecture 17 Bearing Capacity 1

Lecture 18 Bearing Capacity 2

Lecture 19 Design of Shallow Foundations to Eurocode

Lecture 20 Ground improvement (compaction methods)

Lecture 21 Ground Improvement (material replacement)

Lecture 22 Monitoring

Lecture 23 Review Class 1

Lecture 24 Review Class 2

Laboratory classes:

Permeameter test.

Direct shear test.

Oedometer test.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 48     12  12    78  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Examination 70.00
2 Laboratory Class 1 10.00
3 Laboratory Class 2 10.00
4 Laboratory Class 3 10.00

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