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CIVL 2200 - Soils & Foundations

Credit Hours: 3.00


Prerequisites: None

Elementary study of exploring, sampling, testing, and evaluating subsurface materials, and their affect on types of foundations and construction.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will describe how to conduct a soil exploration.

Objectives:

  1. Define the purposes of subsurface exploration.
  2. Explain the different methods of subsurface exploration.
  3. Compare and contrast the different methods of subsurface exploration.
  4. Describe the contents of a soils engineered report.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, the student will describe the various soil constituents and how they are developed from parent rock.

Objectives:

  1. Define soil material constituents.
  2. Identify the origin of soil material constituents.
  3. Explain the differences in behavior among various fine grained soils.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, the student will test physical characteristics of soil.

Objectives:

  1. Identify the soil classification system.
  2. Identify names of symbols for types of soil.
  3. Utilize the Unified and AASHTO soil classification system.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will chart soil characteristics.

Objectives:

  1. Create a particle size distribution curve from coarse grained soils.
  2. Identify plasticity characteristics for fine grained soils and their relationship to natural water content.
  3. Chart phase relationships (air, water, and solid) for the soil mass.
  4. Chart vertical earth pressure calculations.
  5. Explain soil erosion.

Outcome 5: Upon completion of this course, the student will create a soils engineering analysis design.

Objectives:

  1. Explain the effective stress principle.
  2. Calculate static stress.
  3. Explain capillarity.
  4. Describe relative permeability of soils.
  5. Determine permeability values.
  6. Define compressibility in soils.
  7. Explain the mechanisms to consolidate soils.
  8. Explain the factors controlling soil strength.
  9. Describe strengths of troublesome soils
  10. Describe how to strengths are inferred from index properties.

Outcome 6: Upon completion of this course, the student will conduct a soil compaction test.

Objectives:

  1. Define soil compaction.
  2. Describe soil stabilization.
  3. Illustrate a moisture density relationship for coarse and fine soils.
  4. Identify the factors affecting compaction.

Outcome 7: Upon completion of this course, the student will describe the types of building foundations.

Objectives:

  1. Define shallow foundations.
  2. Define deep foundations.
  3. Explain how to create settlement estimates.
  4. Compute bearing capacity calculations.
  5. Describe the usual provisions for shallow foundation specifications.

Outcome 8: Upon completion of this course, the student will create an excavation plan.

Objectives:

  1. Identify the specification requirements in a contract.
  2. Create a stability analysis for unsupported slopes.
  3. Describe the methods of support for shallow cuts.
  4. Describe the methods of support for deep cuts.
  5. Analyze lateral earth pressure.
  6. Explain ground movements adjacent to braced cuts.

COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
Week: Topic:

  1. Introduction /Course Overview
  2. Soil explorations
  3. Soil constituents during construction, soil lab
  4. Soil Classification
  5. Soil constituents and mass, Project discussion
  6. Index properties of soil constituents and mass, Project discussion
  7. Review for mid-term, project discussion
  8. Mid-Term
  9. Vertical earth pressure calculations.
  10. Soil Erosion
  11. Soil engineering analysis, project synopsis due.
  12. Soil compaction
  13. Foundations, project presentation
  14. Excavation
  15. Presentations
  16. FINAL Exam

Primary Faculty
Grant, Janice
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Pawlowski, Timothy
Dean
Hutchison, Donald



Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088



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