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BTEC HND in Civil Engineering

Geology and Soil Mechanics Lab Assignmnet2 International College of Business & Technology
Unit / Module Geology and Soil Mechanics
Assessment Lab Assignment 2
Lecturer Dr. U.P. Nawagamuwa
Student Name

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Date Handed Over 09/03/2011 Date Due 01/04/2011
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M2


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Assessed By(Name):
Signature:
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Student Signature & Comments:







BTEC HND in Civil Engineering

Geology and Soil Mechanics Lab Assignmnet2 International College of Business & Technology

Important Information for Students

The criteria each task relates to are shown against that task where possible.

Please note that plagiarism is treated as a serious offence and therefore the work you
produce must be individual and original although may work in groups in some
instances (Please refer to Student Handbook on Plagiarism & Cheating).

All sources of information must be referenced using Harvard referencing where a
reference list/Bibliography should be included at the end of the assignment.

Please note that the submission date given for this assignment is the final date that you
can hand over the assignment. A one week grace period maybe extended with prior
approval from the Program Manager Undergraduate. However, note that
submissions handed in one week late will be graded lower (Please refer to the Student
Handbook on Assessments - Late Submissions & Penalties).

Assignments returned to students for re-working must be re-submitted within 10 days
(Please refer to Student Handbook on Assignments Re-submission).

Failure to re-submit the previously marked assignment with the re-submitted
assignment will mean that results cannot be released for the respective unit.

Please read, follow and reference both the contents of the unit outline and the grading
criteria of the assignment before completing this assignment.







BTEC HND in Civil Engineering

Geology and Soil Mechanics Lab Assignmnet2 International College of Business & Technology


Plagiarism:

While research and discussion are an essential part of an assignment, the deliberate copying of
someone elses work or unacknowledged copying from printed or electronic sources is NOT
permitted. You may be subject to disciplinary procedure if you do this. You should sign this
sheet to show that you comply with these regulations.

Students Signature: .. Date: ....
Students Comments:
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Assessment has been internally verified for use.
Internal Verifier
Name:
Dr. Lesly Ekanayaka
Signature : Approved by Dr. Lesly
Date
Verified :
07/03/2011




BTEC HND in Civil Engineering

Geology and Soil Mechanics Lab Assignmnet2 International College of Business & Technology

Unit: Geology and Soil Mechanics

Handout Date: ____________________ Hand In Date:
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Lab- Assignment 2 This assignment assesses Outcomes 4 and 5 by determination of
primary design properties of soils from common soil tests

Scenario

Determination of primary design parameters of soils for a given task using common soil tests is a
compulsory task expected from civil engineers. This assignment allows you to analyze common
soil tests and to determine design parameters.

To achieve the assessment criteria for pass (P4 and P5) you must demonstrate the ability to:
Explain the measurement of shear strength under undrained and drained conditions
Describe the use and limitations of one dimensional consolidation
Describe the laboratory measurement of soil permeability and its limitations
Obtain and process laboratory data for the measurement of strength, compressibility and
permeability to current codes of practice (you may refer BS and ASTM)
Produce a laboratory report and interpret test results obtained

This can be achieved by completing the following tasks and submitting your solutions in a neat
well-presented manner.

Tasks
You will be asked to participate in conducting laboratory experiments at soil mechanics lab of
Open University o Sri Lanka. You are required to answer the following questions and answers
should be submitted as a report. You may refer additional reading material. Further, you will be
given some assistance to solve the given problems during the laboratory hours.


BTEC HND in Civil Engineering

Geology and Soil Mechanics Lab Assignmnet2 International College of Business & Technology

1: Conduct Triaxial test and direct shear test and explain the measurement of shear strength
under undrained and drained conditions (P4.1)
2: Conduct 1-D consolidation test and describe the use and limitations (P4.2)
3: Conduct constant head and falling head tests and explain the limitations (P4.3)
4: Compare the tests done at the lab with BS and ASTM codes (P5.1)
5: Produce a laboratory report and interpret test results obtained (p5.2)
BTEC HND in Civil Engineering

Geology and Soil Mechanics Lab Assignmnet2 International College of Business & Technology
Merit
descriptors
Indicative characteristics
Contextualised
Evidence
In order to
achieve a merit
the learner must:

The learners evidence shows:

To achieve the
grade you will
need to:
M1 identify and
apply
strategies to
find
appropriate
solutions

effective judgments have been made
complex problems with more than one variable have
been explored
an effective approach to study and research has been
applied
Select the
suitable test for
a given soil and
for the required
task
M2 select/
design and
apply
appropriate
methods/tech
niques

relevant theories and techniques have been applied
a range of methods and techniques have been applied
a range of sources of information has been used
the selection of methods and techniques/sources has
been justified
the design of methods/techniques has been justified
complex information/data has been synthesised and
processed
appropriate learning methods/techniques have been
applied
J ustify your
selection from
your results
M3 presen
t and
communicate
appropriate
findings

the appropriate structure and approach has been used
coherent, logical development of principles/concepts
for the intended audience
a range of methods of presentation have been used
and technical language has been accurately used
communication has taken place in familiar and
unfamiliar contexts
the communication is appropriate for familiar and
unfamiliar audiences and appropriate media have
been used




BTEC HND in Civil Engineering

Geology and Soil Mechanics Lab Assignmnet2 International College of Business & Technology

Distinction
descriptors
Indicative characteristics Contextualised Evidence
In order to achieve a
distinction the learner
must:
The learners evidence shows:
To achieve the grade you
will need to:
D1 use critical
reflection to
evaluate own
work and justify
valid conclusions
conclusions have been arrived at through
synthesis of ideas and have been justified
the validity of results has been evaluated
using defined criteria
self-criticism of approach has taken place
realistic improvements have been
proposed against defined characteristics
for success
Submit a laboratory report
and interpret test results
obtained (You may refer
books and internet for
additional
recommendations)
D2 take responsibility
for managing and
organizing
activities
autonomy/independence has been
demonstrated
substantial activities, projects or
investigations have been planned, managed
and organised
activities have been managed
the unforeseen has been accommodated
the importance of interdependence has
been recognised and achieved
Best group work will be
assessed.
D3 Demonstrate
convergent/lateral
/creative thinking
ideas have been generated and decisions
taken
self-evaluation has taken place
convergent and lateral thinking have been
applied
problems have been solved
innovation and creative thought have been
applied
receptiveness to new ideas is evident
effective thinking has taken place in
unfamiliar contexts

BTEC HND in Civil Engineering

Geology and Soil Mechanics Lab Assignmnet2 International College of Business & Technology

Grading Matrix
Assignment
No.

P1 P2 P3


P4
P5 M1 M2 M3 D1 D2 D3
Lab1


Assignment1


Lab2




Final
Examination