ENGRCEE 130 Soil Mechanics (2013-2014)

ENGRCEE 130 Soil Mechanics

(Required for CE and EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 130 Soil Mechanics (Credit Units: 4) Mechanics of soils, composition and classification of soils, compaction, compressibility and consolidation, shear strength, seepage, bearing capacity, lateral earth pressure, retaining walls, piles. Prerequisite: CEE150; CEE170. Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0495295723.

Recommended Textbook:
Anne Lemnitzer
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Evaluate and classify soils. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC k)

2. Calculate fundamental soil properties (EAC a, EAC c)

3. Evaluate the state of stress in a soil mass. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC e)

4. Calculate seepage volume through a soil mass. (EAC a, EAC e)

5. Estimate settlement magnitude of compressible soils. (EAC a, EAC e)

6. Evaluate lateral earth pressures on retaining walls. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC e)

7. Perform slope stability analysis. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC e)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Stresses and strains, axial forces, shears, and bending moments
  • Mohr's circle
  • Viscosity, capillarity and surface tension, and hydrostatic forces on surfaces
  • Steady flow and Bernoulli's theorem
Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction and weight-volume relationships (Week 1&2)
  • Atterberg Limits and classification of soils (Week 2)
  • Soil compaction (Week 3)
  • Hydraulic Conductivity and Seepage (Week 4)
  • Effective stress concept and stresses in a soil mass (Week 5)
  • Settlement and consolidation of soils (Week 6 & 7)
  • Shear strength of soils (Week 8)
  • Lateral earth pressures (Week 9)
  • Introduction to Slope stability (Week 10)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Optional use of Microsoft Word and/or Excel for Homework Assignments

Laboratory Projects:

See CEE130L

Professional Component

Contributes toward the Civil Engineering Major engineering topics courses, and the Environmental Engineering Major engineering topics courses.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 30%
  • Midterm: 35%
  • Final: 35%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

June 17, 2013
Senate Approved:
April 4, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr