Course Information
Course Title Code Semester T + P ECTS
Soil Mechanics I CIV339 5 3 + 1 5

Prerequisites Taking geology course

Language English
Level Bachelor's Degree
Type Compulsory
Coordinator Assist.Prof. Ö.FARUK ÇAPAR
Instructors Assist.Prof. Ö.FARUK ÇAPAR
Goals Teaching the basic concepts of soil mechanics
Contents Definition of soils and rocks. Index properties of soils. Physical properties of soils, Classification of soils. Definition of laboratory and field tests. Compaction of soils. Hydrostatic water in soils and rocks.
Work Placement(s) Absent

Number Learning Outcomes
1 Understanding the importance of Soil Mechanics in Civil Engineering
2 Learning the formation of soils
3 Understanding the physical properties of soils
4 Understanding the classification of soils
5 Learning the test methods of soils
6 Usage of this learned concepts in the pre-construction stages of project

Mode of Delivery Face-to-Face
Planned Learning Activities & Teaching Methods Course, Assignments and Laboratory Practise
Assessment Methods Laboratory reports and exams

Course Content
Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to geotechnical engineering
2 Index properties of soils
3 Classification of soils
4 Laboratory tests (Sieve Analysis, Hydrometer Analysis, Specific Gravity)
5 Practicing the soil mechanics problems
6 Geology, Landforms and The Origin of Geomaterials
7 Clay minerals, Soil and Rock Structures and Rock Classification
8 Laboratory tests (Liquid Limit, Plastik Limit)
9 Mid-term examination
10 Theory of Compaction
11 Compaction in the field
12 Laboratory tests (Standart Compaction, Modified Compaction and California Bearing Ratio)
13 Hydrostatic Water in Soils and Rocks
14 Practicing the soil mechanics problems

Textbook Robert D. Holtz, William D. Kovacs, Thomas C. Sheahan, 2011. "An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering", 2nd Edition
Additional Resources TS 1900-1, TS 1900-2, ASTM D421, ASTM D422, ASTM D4318, ASTM D854, ASTM D698, ASTM D1557, ASTM D1883, Das B. 2002. "Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual", 6th Edition.

Assessment System Quantity Percentage
In-Term Studies
Mid-terms 1 60
Assignments 6 40
In-Term Total 7 100
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall 50
Contribution of Final Exam to Overall 50
Total 100

Course's Contribution to PLO
No Key Learning Outcomes Level
1 2 3 4 5
1 Has the sufficient background on mathematics, science and engineering in his own branch. x
2 Makes use of conceptual and applied knowledge in mathematics, science and in his own area in accordance for engineering solutions. x
3 Determines, defines, formulates and solves problems in engineering; fort his aim selects and applies the appropriate analytical models and modeling techniques. x
4 Analyses a system, system component or process and in order to meet the requirements, designs under realistic conditions; thus applies modern techniques of design. x
5 Selects and uses modern techniques and devices necessary for engineering applications. x
6 Designs and carries out experiments, collects data, analyzes and comments on the findings. x
7 Works effectively and individually on multi disciplinary teams. x
8 Accesses knowledge, and to do this, does research, uses databases and other data sources. x
9 Is aware of the importance of lifelong learning; follows advances in science and technology and updates his knowledge continuously. x
10 Uses communication and information technology at least at advanced level of European Computer Driving License. x
11 Communicates effectively both orally and in writing; uses a foreign language at least at B1 level of European Language Portfolio. x

Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load (h)
Course Duration 14 4 56
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 3 42
Assignments 6 5 30
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Work Load (h) 153
Total Work Load / 30 (h) 5.1
ECTS Credit of the Course 5