ENGRCEE 130L Soil Mechanics Laboratory (2014-2015)

ENGRCEE 130L Soil Mechanics Laboratory

(Required for CE and EnE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 130L Soil Mechanics Laboratory (Credit Units: 1) Laboratory procedures of soil testing for engineering problems. Materials fee. Corequisite: CEE130. Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0195367591.

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

1. Evaluate and classify soils. (EAC a, EAC b)

2. Evaluate the state of stress in a soil mass. (EAC a, EAC b)

3. Calculate seepage volume through a soil mass. (EAC a, EAC b)

4. Estimate settlement magnitude of compressible soils. (EAC a, EAC b)

5. Evaluate lateral earth pressures on retaining walls. (EAC a, EAC b)

6. Perform slope stability analysis. (EAC a, EAC b)

7. Prepare technical laboratory reports. (EAC g)

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 to experimental soil mechanics (Week 1)
  • Determination of moisture content and specific gravity (Week 2)
  • Soil Classification: Sieve grain-size analysis; hydrometer grain-size analysis (Week 3)
  • Liquid, plastic, shrinkage limit test (Week 4)
  • Compaction Tests (Standard/Modified proctor compaction test & In-situ Sand Cone Tests) (Week 5)
  • Constant head permeability or falling head permeability test (Week 6)
  • Consolidation test (Week 7)
  • Shear Strength test (Week 8)
  • Unconfined compression test (Week 9)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 2 hours of laboratory each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Word processing and spreadsheets for report presentation.

Laboratory Projects:

See lecture topic.

Professional Component

Contributes toward the engineering topics courses for Civil Engineering Major and toward the engineering topics courses the Environmental Engineering Major. Prepares for employment opportunities and certifications (ASTM) as laboratory testing engineer.

Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Lab Reports: 60%
  • Final Exam: 25%
  • Attendance: 15%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

October 1, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr