Soil Mechanics (CIVL2410)


This course provides an elementary introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, and provides the basic mechanics necessary for the detailed study of Geotechnical Engineering. This course aims to provide an understanding of: the nature of soils as engineering materials; common soil classification schemes; the importance of water in the soil and the effects of water movement; methods of predicting soil settlements, the stress-strain-strength response of soils, and earth pressures.

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3 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial per week, 10 hrs of laboratory work per semester


Through semester assessment (40%), Final Exam (60%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Assumed knowledge: Knowledge: CIVL2201 AND GEOL1501. An understanding of simple statics, equilibrium, forces and bending moments, and of stress and strain and the relationship between them. This is covered by University of Sydney courses ENGG 1802 Engine

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