Soil Mechanics (2150609)  

5
Credit
3 + 0 + 2
Lect + Tuto + Pract
Teaching Scheme
70 + 20 + 10
ESE + PA + ALA
Theory Marks
20 + 10 + 20
ESE + OEP + PA
Practical Marks
ESE - End Semester Examination, PA - Progress Assessment, ALA - Active Learning Assignments, OEP -Open Ended Problem


Prerequisite
Geotechniques & Applied Geology (GTAG) and Strength of Materials and Fluid Mechanics
Rationale
Soil Mechanics is very fundamental subject consisting of determination of various soil parameters theoretically and experimentally based on laws of mechanics. Any civil engineering structure needs strong and stable foundation which depends on proper understanding of soil behaviour, determination and interpretation of soil parameters, determination of stresses in soil. The design of any foundation system is based on understanding of soil parameters and its implication based on through interaction with type of structure. The course on Soil Mechanics provides the students basic knowledge on soil properties, testing procedures, suitability of test and analytical solutions necessary for design and behaviour of soil.
Course Outcome
After learning the course the students should be able to:
1. This course will provide good understanding of various index (preliminary) and engineering properties of soil, its determination through various methodology and application for design of shallow and deep foundation systems for various civil engineering structures.
2. The course covers various topics like compaction, shear strength, consolidation, earth pressure, stress distribution which gives insight to students to analyise soil parameters based on application and need of project site.
3. The course will also develop understanding about soil testing procedures, experimentation techniques and related issues. Simulation of mechanics on soil as a material to understand its behaviour before failure and estimating its permissible values.
4. The course also discusses details of foundations, its selection procedures as per soil conditions and various modifications available for various degrees of loads.

Active Learning
Preparation of power-point slides, which include videos,animations, pictures, graphics for better understanding theory and practical work – The faculty will allocate chapters/ parts of chapters to groups of students so that the entire syllabus to be covered. The power-point slides should be put up on the web-site of the College/ Institute, along with the names of the