CVEN2001W Soil Mechanics 1

Academic Year 2022/2023

This course provides an introduction to Soil Mechanics and includes topics on: The origin of soils and the effect of depositional and loading history on soil behaviour of soils, description and classification of soil, basic (phase) relationships, engineered fill, compaction of soils, stresses in a soil mass, stress / strain behaviour in soils, settlement of structures, total and effective stress, permeability, shear strength of dry soil, introduction to slope stability

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students should: (i) Understand the difference in behaviour of coarse and fine grained soils (ii) Demonstrate an ability to calculate stresses and strains in a soil mass and apply this to for example determining the settlement of structures (iii) Appreciate the significance of the multi-phase, particulate nature of soils (iv) understand and be able to apply a soil strength criterion to a problem such as slope stability (iv) have carried out soils laboratory experiments including interpretation and reporting of the results

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures + tutorials + labs 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
This module is delivered overseas.

Soil Mechanics 1 (OVSE2002W)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Tutorials Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: Final exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes


Lab Report: Two lab reports Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Text book: J. A. Knappett & R. F. Craig. Craig’s Soil Mechanics (8th edition)

E-book available through UCD library