Soil Mechanics (CIVL2410)

UNIT OF STUDY

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.

Further unit of study information

Classes

Lecture 3 hrs/week; Tutorial 1 hr/week; Laboratory 2 hrs/week.

Assessment

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

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

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 Engineering Mechanics, CIVL2201 Structural Mechanics. Familiarity with the use of spreadsheets (Excel, Mathcad) to obtain solutions to engineering problems, and with the graphical presentation of this data. Familiarity with word processing packages for report presentation. Some of this is covered in the University of Sydney course ENGG1801 Engineering Computing. Familiarity with partial differential equations, and their analytical and numerical solution.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.