Module Title:   Soil Mechanics

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG2303L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 5

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Engineering

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr M Mohamed

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   ENG1306M

Corequisite(s):   None

To develop an understanding of the behaviour of soils, and the factors influencing their behaviour.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Concepts are introduced using formal lectures. Deeper understanding is developed during problems classes, and further enhanced using the laboratory class. Oral feedback is given during the laboratory sessions and problems classes. Technical report will assess the application of practical skills to the knowledge base of the module and the formal examination will assess the wider learning outcomes expressed in the descriptor

Lectures:   48.00          Directed Study:   126.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   2.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   12.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1 Review of soil behaviour in terms of its particulate nature
1.2 Apply principles of continuum mechanics to soils.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Perform in a laboratory context and interpret related data.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3.1 Present and interpret data.
3.2 Solve problems systematically

  Examination - closed book 2.00 50%
  Examination - closed book
  Classroom test 1.00 20%
  Two class tests
  Coursework   30%
  A technical report on the laboratory obtained data
  Examination - closed book 3.00 100%
  Supplementary with one compulsory laboratory based question

Outline Syllabus:
Volume- mass relations, compaction of soils, Darcy`s law of permeability. Stresses in soil mass, definitions of effective stress, pore water pressure and total stress. Increase in effective stress due to external loading. Shear strength of soils. One-dimensional consolidation, drained and undrained soil behaviour, lateral earth pressure. Lab tests: permeability (falling head and constant head), oedometer test, shear box, triaxial test.

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