Cee 4800 Geotechnical Engineering

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CEE 4800 Geotechnical Engineering

Course Syllabus

Fall 2008

Instructor: Dr. Ben Mohr

Office: Prescott Hall 322

Office Hours: MWF 1-2 PM or by appointment

Email: bmohr@tntech.edu

Phone: 931-372-3546

Course website: http://iweb.tntech.edu/bmohr/CEE4800.htm

Lecture: TR 9:30-10:50 AM; PH 330

Course Objectives:

  • To learn the basic principles of soil mechanics and foundation engineering and to apply these principles in the solution of simple problems.

  • To become knowledgeable about the use of soil mechanics principles in the analysis and design of various foundation systems.

Measurable Outcomes:

  1. Students will be expected to have a basic understanding of the field of geotechnical engineering.

  2. Students will be expected to understand engineering properties of soils.

  3. Students will be able to investigate the flow of water through soil.

  4. Students will be able to calculate consolidation settlement.

  5. Students will be able to determine the load a shallow foundation can carry.

  6. Students will be able to calculate lateral earth pressure.

  7. Students will be able to investigate retaining wall stability.

Course Materials:

Required Text:

Principles of Foundation Engineering, 6th Ed., Braja M. Das

Course Elements:

Exams: 75% (25% each)

First and second exams are not cumulative; Final exam is cumulative.

Homework: 25%

You must pass each element to receive a passing grade in the course.

A = 90-100, B = 80-90, C = 70-80, D = 60-70, F = < 60


  1. Students with a disability requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS). An Accommodation Request Form (ARF) should be completed as soon as possible, preferably by the end of the first week of the course. The ODS is located in the Roaden University Center, Room 112; phone 372-6119.

  1. All homework will be collected at the beginning of class. Assignments not received at that time will be considered late and subject to a 10 point deduction per day (24-hour period), including weekends, late. After 3 days, the assignment will not be accepted and a zero will be assigned.

  1. Attendance is expected, but not required. If you choose to miss class, ask a peer for the notes.

  1. Students are expected to check their email at least once per day. Class announcements will be distributed via email.

  1. Extensions will not be given except for extenuating circumstances (e.g., death in the family, sickness with doctor’s note), provided that you notify me as soon as possible.

  1. No make up exams will be given except for extenuating circumstances. If you do not attend an exam, without prior consent, a zero will be given.

  1. For exams,

  • Only FE approved calculators will be permitted (you should have one already or will need one eventually). A list of currently approved calculators may be found here: http://www.ncees.org/exams/calculators/#approved. The cover and insert must be placed in your bag during the exam.

  • All cell phones must be turned off and placed on the front table prior to any exam.

  • No iPods or similar are permitted during exams.

  1. Integrity is a principal characteristic of professional engineers; without it, your work means nothing. The TTU Policy Manual states:

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty undermine the integrity of the academic process, and cannot be tolerated in an institution of higher learning. ... All forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students involved in academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly as a participant or abettor, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class, who has the authority to assign an "F" or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an "F" for the course.

From Wikipedia (08/22/07): Academic dishonesty or academic misconduct is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Plagiarism - The adoption or reproduction of ideas or words or statements of another person without due acknowledgment.

  • Self Plagiarism - The submission of the same work for academic credit more than once without permission.

  • Fabrication - The falsification of data, information, or citations in any formal academic exercise.

  • Deception - Providing false information to an instructor concerning a formal academic exercise, e.g. giving a false excuse for missing a deadline or falsely claiming to have submitted work.

  • Cheating - Any attempt to give or obtain assistance in a formal academic exercise without due acknowledgment.

  • Sabotage - Acting to prevent others from completing their work. This includes cutting pages out of library books or willfully disrupting the experiments of others.

Tentative Lecture Schedule (Subject to Change):

Week of

Lecture Topic(s)



Introduction, Weight-Volume Relations



Grain Size Distribution; Soil Properties and Tests

1.2, 1.5-1.6


Soil Classification; Moisture-Density Relations

1.7, 14.1-14.2


Soil Permeability



1st EXAM


Soil Stresses



Seepage and Flow Nets




Superimposed Load Stresses



Consolidation; Settlement



Subsurface Investigation; Soil Strength




2nd EXAM


Shallow Foundations



Lateral Earth Pressure


7.1-7.4, 7.10-7.11


Retaining Walls



Pile Foundations

11.1-11.6, 11.23, 11.25




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