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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 
A. Describe soils, measure their basic properties, and use these to calculate other soil parameters.

B. Calculate approximate stresses and effective stresses at any point below ground level, be able to carry out stress transformations using Mohr’s Circle, and be able to analyse laboratory stress-strain responses

C. Use graphical forms of, Bernoulli equation, Darcy’s Law, Hazens empirical formula, Young’s Equation, and the Laplace Equation during both the prediction and measurement of the interaction between a fluid and soil and on this basis solve 1D, 2D, and 3D fluid-soil interaction problems.

D. Use approximations to assess the engineering stability of inclined soil masses including: moment equilibrium, Taylors friction circle, The Fellenius method of slices, and the use of engineering design curves.

E. Generate engineering designs for shallow foundations taking into account considerations of bearing capacity and laboratory derived consolidation measurements.

F. Suggest appropriate methods by which the engineering properties of the ground can be improved given a wide range of staring materials and engineering projects, and be able to suggest appropriate methods to monitor the grounds post-engineering behaviour.

G. work within a laboratory in a safe and appropriate manner, be aware of the hazards associated with soil testing and water.

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

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 1/24/2018 1:58:08 PM