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Module Code: CEN302
Module Title: Advanced Soil Mechanics
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: CEN209 CEN212
To advance students’ knowledge in soil mechanics by introducing practical geotechnical design problems, and to develop their skills in the design of some typical geotechnical works (mainly piles and retaining structures).
Learning outcomes 
A. Distinguish between various types of piles in geotechnical design and the typical pile construction methods.

B. Assess the impact of changes in pore water pressure on the stability of geotechnical structures.

C. Calculate the vertical resistance of single piles and group piles in geotechnical design.

D. Determine lateral earth pressure imposed on retaining walls.

E. Investigate quantitatively the stability of retaining structures (such as gravity, embedded, propped/anchored retaining walls) and provide geotechnical design solutions for these retaining structures.

F. Analyse experimental results of triaxial tests and determine their validity and accuracy.

Method of teaching and learning 
The material in this module is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and supervised practical sessions.

Lecture 1 Module overview

Lecture 2 Single piles

Lecture 3 Pile-driving formulas

Lecture 4 Drilled shafts

Lecture 5 Group piles and negative skin friction

Lecture 6 Lateral earth pressures 1 (Derivation)

Lecture 7 Lateral earth pressures 2 (Magnitude and Location of Resultant Thrusts)

Lecture 8 Gravity and Cantilever walls

Lecture 9 Sheet pile walls 1

Lecture 10 Sheet pile walls 2

Lecture 11 Design of Diaphragm Walls + Reinforced Soil Walls

Lecture 12 Design of Strutted Excavations and Cofferdams

Lecture 13 Module review

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26    8  5    36  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Examination 80.00
2 Laboratory Report 20.00

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