ENGRCEE 130 Soil Mechanics (2017-2018)

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
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Evaluate and classify soils.

2. Calculate fundamental soil properties

3. Evaluate the state of stress in a soil mass.

4. Calculate seepage volume through a soil mass.

5. Estimate settlement magnitude of compressible soils.

6. Evaluate lateral earth pressures on retaining walls.

7. Perform slope stability analysis.

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

February 22, 2017
Senate Approved:
April 4, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr