AND CLASSROOM POLICIES Republic of the Philippines
Mindanao State University
General Santos City
College of Engineering
1. Use short-size bond paper or newsprint. Write solutions
and answers on one side and one column only (portrait)
2. Use only either black or blue ink ballpens or signpens SYLLABUS
that doesn’t blot.
Course Number CE 131
3. Fold paper to be submitted crosswise. (Hold paper up, Course Title Geotechnical Engineering I
facing you. Then, fold upper half downwards and write Prerequisite ES 64 (Mechanics of Deformable Bodies) and
the following data.) Geol 40 (Engineering Geology)
Family, Given M.I. Credit 4 units
Hours/Week 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
Course and Year
(108 hours per semester)
Subject and Schedule Term Second Semester
Exam/Assignment Instructor ENGR. RANDY P. ASTURIAS, D. ENG
4. No one is allowed to go out of the room during major
I. Course Description
This course deals with the study of identification and classification of soils and rocks, site
5. All cellphones must be turned to silent mode while in investigation and subsurface exploration, the physical and index properties of soil,
class, and must be turned off during exams. compaction, water flow through soils, subsurface stress and deformation phenomena in soils,
6. No paper will be accepted after the instructor leaves the laboratory testing, and the relevance of these topics as they affect soil strength,
room. Score is automatically zero. compressibility, stability and drainage.
7. Leave all notes and books where they are not accessible
II. Objectives
during the examination unless otherwise directed by the General
instructor. To equip the students with the basic principles of soil mechanics and basic background
8. No make up exams/quizzes/assignments will be given. In needed in engineering analysis of soil for foundation and as construction materials and
case of a valid excuse, student’s grade will be computed familiarize them with the standard procedures of forming laboratory and field tests on soil
for the determination of its characteristics needed in the engineering analysis and design of
based on the exams/quizzes/assignments he has taken.
earth structures, retaining structures and foundations.
9. Plates/Homework problems are due at the beginning of
the class period. Specific:
10. Read instructions carefully. Deductions in your After completing this course, the student must be able to:
score will be incurred for not following instructions. 1. define soil mechanics and its importance in civil engineering.
2. show proficiency in determining soil and rock properties

apply the mathematical techniques in the analysis of earth structures. 5. Soil Mass. Discharge and Seepage Velocity. Shape and Slices Size of Particles. 7. Field Identification of Soils. Geotechnical Engineering: Principles and Practices.Weight/Mass-Volume Relationships. 15 11. by Muni Budhu. Shearing Strength Tests on Sand.Laboratory Total hours 3. Shear Test Aparatus. Triaxial Compression Test. Seepage. Duratio . John Wiley &Sons. understand various subsurface explorations equipment. recognize the different methods of subsurface exploration and soil sampling. Flow Net 15 VNS Murthy.Laboratory Principles of Foundation Engineering. Soil Permeability and Seepage .Laboratory Chapter Exams 40% 6. V. Das. Soil Exploration 10 Size Distribution Curves. Stress Condition at a point in a 9. Method of Slices.Laboratory 7. Classification of 11. Sieve Analysis. 7th Edition.Factor of Safety. Methods of Stability Analysis of Slopes of Finite 10 2. Course Content Outline Saturated Clay. analyze the stability of and cuts using soil mechanics principles. Effective Stress and Pore Water Pressure. Approximate Methods for Computing Vertical Stress. MIDTERM EXAMINATION 5 Midterm Exam 20% . 2000.. Compressibility and Consolidation 4. Determination of the 6. perform standard procedures in determining the properties of soils by laboratory and/or 8. Cengage Learning. “Geotechnical Engineering.Laboratory Soil Mechanics and Foundations. Relative Density of Cohesionless Soils. 3. 15 Consistency of Clay Soils. Index Properties of Soils. Darcy’s Law. Unconfined Compression Tests. Capillary Rise. Coduto. Consolidated-Undrained Test on III. Types of Laboratory Tests. Hydrometer Method of Analysis. Coulomb Failure Theory. Direct Shear Test. Method of Determining Shear Strength Parameters. Shear Strength of Soil field testing. Effective Stresses. identify the basic engineering properties of soils and their importance to civil Coefficient of Consolidation engineering. 7th Edition. 1999. . soil laboratory tests and and Overconsolidated Clays. describe the fundamentals of geotechnics. Bishop Simplified Method of . demonstrate concepts and principles of field exploration. Principles and Practices of Soil Mechanics and Construction. Stress Distribution in Soils Due to Surface Loads 2011. Line Loads.Compaction. Strip Loads. FINAL EXAMINATION 5 Soils.Boussinesq and Westergaard Formulas for Point Loads. Das. retaining structures and foundations using the principles of soil mechanics. Grain 10. . Tension Cracks. Mohr Circle of Stress. by Braja M. Prentice-Hall. Inc. Grading System .Soil Permeability. 8. Normally Consolidated 5. identify and classify soil as to its suitability as a construction material or foundation. 4. . Computation of Consolidation Settlement. Consolidated-Drained Shear Test. . Introduction 3 Finite Slopes in Clay. Cengage Learning. Principles of Geotechnical Engineering. Surface Tension Inc. Index Properties and Classification Height. Stability of 1. Stability Analysis of Finite Slopes in Sand. Stability of Slopes (hours) . Unconsolidated-Undrained Test. Determination of Uplift Pressures Foundation Engineering” . One-Dimensional Consolidation.Laboratory LECTURE TOPICS n 9. by Donald P. Mohr- 10. Soil Phase Relationships. equipment 10 Settlement Due to Secondary Compression. Methods Textbook: of Determination of Hydraulic Conductivity of Soils. 108 .. Coulomb Equation. 10 Pressure Isobars. 10 . by Braja M.

Final Exam 20% Total 100% Laboratory/Report/Assignments/Class Participation 20% Passing 60% .