Courses Catalogue

Soil Mechanics

COURSE CODE: DCE2201
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Civil Engineering, Diploma
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

The soil is almost everywhere and is the base which supports all Civil, structural foundations. This course deals with the engineering properties of the soil, water movement through the soil and how this soil can be improved to meet specifications of construction.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

To use the knowledge of physics and applied mechanics to describe the behavior of soils

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe and identify the different types of soils and their physical properties.
  • Evaluate the strength properties of soils and methods to improve these properties.
  •  Determine permeability properties of soils;
  •  Describe groundwater flow characteristics including construction of flow nets.
  •  Determine consolidation and settlement characteristics of soils.
  • Analyze the stability of slopes and methods to improve the stability

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student on completing this course is expected to:

  • Discuss the origins of soils, soil types, and classifications.
  • Examines the properties of soils, compaction of soils, permeability
  •  Illustrate seepage, consolidation, and settlement of the structure
  •  Demonstrate soil improvement and slope stability.