CET 236 Soils


Campus Location:
Georgetown, Stanton
Effective Date:
2018-52
Prerequisite:
ENG 102, (MAT 180 or higher), CET 135
Co-Requisites:

none

Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
2.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course examines the principles of soils engineering, including the study of physical and mechanical properties of soils, design considerations, and construction applications. Emphasis is placed on field conditions and problems that are encountered on the construction job sites and how they are resolved.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

None

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Disclaimer:

None

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Identify the composition of soil, and define the related terminology.  (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC: CET 1, 5; SET 1, 4)
  2. Identify the different types and how the soil is structured.(CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC: CET 1, 5; SET 1, 4)
  3. Index the properties of soils, and perform classification tests.  (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC: SET 1)
  4. Explain the engineering properties and behavior of soil deposits through analysis and review of soil engineering property data. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC: CET 1, 5; SET 1, 4)
  5. Apply soil mechanics theories. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC: CET 1, 5; SET 1, 4, 6)
  6. Determine optimal construction practices in the field relative to soil and foundation construction. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC: CET 1, 5; SET 1, 4, 6)
  7. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct, as expected in industry.  (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC: CET 1, 4, 5; SET 1, 6)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Identify the composition of soil, and define the related terminology.
    1. Apply basic geology as it relates to soil and rock.
    2. Analyze a soil sample, and apply weight-volume and mass-volume relationships.
    3. Employ mathematical calculations of unit weight and density of soil.
  2. Identify the different types and how the soil is structured.
    1. Define the major soil types.
    2. Identify shapes and sizes of particles to help determine soil types.
    3. Assess the relationship of clay and water and the chemical composition of clays.
    4. Define the basic soil structure, and explain how it relates to soil groupings and types.
  3. Index the properties of soils, and perform classification tests.
    1. Employ the indexing properties of soils, and explain how they relate to type and condition of soil, strength, and the compressibility of the soil.
    2. Calculate the relative density of a soil.
    3. Interpret the different classification systems of soils, including the United Soil Classification System and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) System.
    4. Determine the plasticity index and the liquid limit of a soil sample.
  4. Explain the engineering properties and behavior of soil deposits through analysis and review of soil engineering property data.
    1. Categorize the various methods of obtaining soil samples from the field.
    2. Differentiate the effects of water on soils.
    3. Appraise the common drainage and dewatering techniques used.
    4. Apply how drainage is applied in construction, including the use of foundation drains, blanket drains, interceptor drains, filters, synthetic fabrics, land drainage, and soil percolation.
    5. Define frost heave in soils.
  5. Apply soil mechanics theories.
    1. Describe stress analysis of soils.
    2. Describe consolidation and review consolidation settlement calculations.
    3. Discuss pile foundations and design.
    4. Describe common field compaction procedures, including field considerations, methods, and techniques.
    5. Explain several of the methods used in the transportation of earth fill and why these methods vary.
    6. Determine the type of field equipment needed to achieve proper compaction of a site for specific soil types and applications.
    7. List and describe several methods used for the stabilization of soils.
    8. Describe some of the field procedures used to provide the proper field quality control, including the proper testing methods.
    9. Describe the design and construction of retaining structures.
  6. Determine optimal construction practices in the field relative to soil and foundation construction.
    1. List the difficulties that arise in the field.
    2. Assess how engineering judgment is used in the field to overcome unanticipated difficulties.
  7. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct, as expected in industry.
    1. Identify the need for self-discipline and time management in technical industries.
    2. Communicate and function effectively as a member of a team.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Summative – 3 exams

30%

Summative – 6 labs

30%

Formative Assessments

40%

TOTAL

100%

Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):

CETAASCET

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and applicable tools of the discipline to engineering activities, including but not limited to site development, hydraulics and hydrology, grading, and structural systems.
  2.  Conduct standardized field and laboratory testing on civil engineering project materials.
  3. Select appropriate materials and estimate material quantities for technical projects.
  4. Use graphic techniques and productivity software to produce engineering documents.
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, professional development, and continuous improvement.

CETAASSET

  1. Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and applicable tools of the discipline to engineering and surveying activities, including but not limited to site development, hydraulics and hydrology, grading, and structural systems.
  2. Conduct standardized field and laboratory testing on civil engineering project materials.
  3. Select appropriate materials and estimate material quantities for technical projects.
  4. Use graphic techniques and productivity software to produce engineering documents.
  5. Integrate appropriate surveying methods for land measurement and/or construction layout and the acquisition of spatial data in accordance with the laws and regulations pertaining to Professional Land Surveying.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, professional development, and continuous improvement.

 

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