CET 225 – Soil Mechanics

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  CET 225 Soil Mechanics

Credit Hours:  4.0             Contact Hours:  5.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  2.0                Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or better in ENR 110

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This is an introductory course in soil properties and testing techniques. Topics covered include soil classification, index properties, bearing capacity, retaining walls, soil compaction and pile driving. Emphasis is placed on practical field applications, including inspection and testing. Laboratory exercises are included to compliment lecture topics.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. classify different soil types and explain the requirements of a soil exploration program;
  2. determine the index properties of soils, including grain size, moisture content and Atterberg limits;
  3. determine the bearing capacity of soils, calculate settlement and design retaining walls;
  4. determine the dry density and optimum water content of soils for compaction and use proper techniques for inspection and verification of field compaction; and
  5. work in a team environment and prepare lab reports, based on actual data generated from laboratory exercises performed by CET 225 students.