Course Information
Course Title Code Semester T + P ECTS
Soil Mechanics II CIV322 6 3 + 1 5


Language English
Level Bachelor's Degree
Type Compulsory
Coordinator Assist.Prof. Ö.FARUK ÇAPAR
Instructors Assist.Prof. Ö.FARUK ÇAPAR
Goals Teaching the stresses and shear strength in soil mass and settlement properties of soils.
Contents Water flows, Flow nets, Effective stress concept, Compressibility of soils, Time rate of consolidation, Stress distribution, Mohr circle failure theories, Strength testing of soils and rocks, Introduction to shear Strength
Work Placement(s) Absent

Number Learning Outcomes
1 Learning the calculation of the effective stress and seepage problems in soils
2 Learning the calculation of the stresses in a soil mass
3 Understanding the compressibility of the soils
4 Learning the consolidation theory
5 Learning the concepts of the shear strength of the soils
6 Calculating the shear strength paramaters

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 Effective stress of soils
2 Fluid flow in soils and rocks
3 Compressibility of soils and consolidation theory
4 Compressibility of soils and consolidation theory
5 Time rate of consolidation
6 Laboratory tests (Consolidation test)
7 Stress distribution and settlement analysis
8 Midterm exam
9 The Mohr circle, Failure theories, Strength testing of soils and rocks
10 Advanced shear strength of soils
11 Theory of triaxial compression tests
12 Laboratory tests (Unconfined compression test, direct shear test and triaxial compression tests)
13 Advanced topics in shear strength of soils
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 1900-2, ASTM D2166, ASTM D2435, ASTM D2850, ASTM D3080, ASTM D6528, ASTM D7181, ASTM D4767, Das B. 2002. "Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual", 6th Edition.

Assessment System Quantity Percentage
In-Term Studies
Mid-terms 1 60
Quizzes 1 8
Assignments 4 32
In-Term Total 6 100
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 5 6 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