Curriculum Structure


CV2014 Geotechnical Engineering

[Lecture: 26 hrs ; Tutorial: 13 hrs ; Lab: 0 hr ; Pre-requisite: Nil ; Academic Unit: 3.0 ]

Learning Objective :

The objective of the course is to extend students understanding of the fundamental principles of soil mechanics. Upon completion of the course, students should have an understanding of how to apply the fundamental soil mechanics concepts to simple geotechnical design.

Course Content :

Shear strength of soil: Mohr circles, drained and undrained strength, clay, sand, direct shear tests, triaxial compression test. Limit equilibrium and earth pressure theory: at-rest earth pressure, active and passive pressure, effect of seepage. Slope stability: drained and undrained analysis, infinite slopes, method of slices, slope stabilization, field performance monitoring. Soil improvement: objectives and overview, shallow surface compaction, deep densification, deep stabilization.

Course Outline :




Shear strength of soil


Limit equilibrium and earth pressure theory


Elastic stress distribution


Slope stability


Compaction and soil improvement

Learning Outcome :

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to understand the fundamentals of shear strength of soil and will appreciate the application of shear strength concept to practical problems such as lateral earth pressure on retaining walls, slope stability and soil improvements.

Textbooks :

  1. Knappett, J.A. and Craig, R.F., “Craig’s Soil Mechanics”, 8th edition, Spon Press, 2012.

References :

  • Holtz, R.D., Kovacs, W.D., and Sheahan, “An Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering”, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, 2011.
  • Coduto, D.P., Yeung, M-C.R., and Kitch, W.A. “Geotechnical Engineering: Principles and Practices”, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, 2010.
  • Hausmann, M.R., “Engineering Principles of Ground Improvement”, McGraw-Hill, 1990.​