CVEN3003W Soil Mechanics 2

Academic Year 2022/2023

Module will continue on from Soil Mechanics 1 (OVSE2002W) and work on topics such as effective stress, permeability and seepage, shear strength - with a focus on the triaxial test and slope stability. Students will be introduced to new topics such as consolidation theory, earth pressures on rigid and flexible walls, bearing capacity and site investigation teshniques. Techniques for measuring associated design parameters both in the field and the lab will be discussed.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to: 1) understand the fundamental principles of soil mechanics as listed above, 2) carry out, interpret and report on related lab tests and determine the limited lateral earth pressure acting on retaining structures, and 3) be able to undertake practical seepage, slope stability and retaining wall stability calculations.

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




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

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CVEN2001W - Soil Mechanics 1, OVSE2002W - Soil Mechanics 1

Additional Information:
This module is delivered overseas.

Soil Mechanics 2 (OVSE3033W)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Final examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded Yes


Assignment: Tutorials Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Lab Report: 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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

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

E-book available through the UCD library