CEN3013 Soil MechanicsBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs CIVIL ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
CEN3013 Soil Mechanics Fall 3 2 4 6

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Must Course
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi AHMET SERHAN KIRLANGIÇ
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi İREM ŞANAL
Course Objectives: To establish an understanding of the fundamental concepts of mechanics of granular materials; including the behavior of multiphase materials and their constitutive behavior,
To provide students with exposure to the systematic methods for solving engineering problems in soil mechanics,
To discuss the basic mechanical principles underlying modern soil mechanics and to create an understanding of assumptions that are inherent to the solution of geotechnical problems,
To build the necessary theoretical background for design and construction of foundation systems.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
Learn the mechanical properties, behavior and multi-phase structure of soil materials,
Gain ability of problem solving in soil mechanics,
Understand the fundamental mechanical principles and assumptions in soil mechanics,
Understand theoretical background for foundation engineering.

Course Content

Physical properties of soils, soil classification, soil structure, moisture effects; compressibility and consolidation; stress, deformation, and strength characteristics; stress distribution and analysis; basic laboratory experiments.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction
2) Origin of soil and grain size
3) Weight-volume relationships
4) Plasticity and classification of soils
5) Soil compaction
6) Permeability and seepage: Darcy's law, hydraulic gradient, permeability, determination of coefficient of permeability
7) Seepage forces and water pressure, two-dimensional seepage, and flow nets
8) Midterm
9) Stresses in soils: geostatic stresses in soils, effective stress
10) Stresses in soils: Induced stresses due to different types of loading
11) Consolidation: Fundamentals of consolidation, consolidation test, primary and secondary settlements
12) Consolidation: Void ratio-pressure relationships, settlement-time relationship, determination of settlements
13) Strength in soils: Shear failure and the Mohr-Circle
14) Strength in soils: Direct shear and triaxial tests


Course Notes / Textbooks: Das, B. M., & Sivakugan, N., "Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering", 5th Edition, 2015, Cengage Learning.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Quizzes 5 % 10
Midterms 1 % 30
Final 1 % 40
Paper Submission 4 % 20
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 13 3 39
Laboratory 4 2 8
Application 10 2 20
Study Hours Out of Class 14 4 56
Midterms 1 2 2
Paper Submission 4 8 32
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 159

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Adequate knowledge in mathematics, science and civil engineering; the ability to use theoretical and practical knowledge in these areas in complex engineering problems. 5
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; ability to select and apply proper analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 3
3) Ability to design a complex system, process, structural and/or structural members to meet specific requirements under realistic constraints and conditions; ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose. 2
4) Ability to develop, select and use modern techniques and tools necessary for the analysis and solution of complex problems encountered in civil engineering applications; ability to use civil engineering technologies effectively. 4
5) Ability to design, conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for the study of complex engineering problems or civil engineering research topics. 5
6) Ability to work effectively within and multi-disciplinary teams; individual study skills.
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. 3
8) Awareness of the necessity of lifelong learning; ability to access information to follow developments in civil engineering technology. 4
9) To act in accordance with ethical principles, professional and ethical responsibility; having awareness of the importance of employee workplace health and safety.
10) Information about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Knowledge about contemporary issues and the global and societal effects of engineering practices on health, environment, and safety; awareness of the legal consequences of civil engineering solutions. 1