Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 202000065
Soil Mechanics
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000065
Credits (ECTS)2
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. V. Magnanimo
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. V. Magnanimo
prof.dr. V. Magnanimo
Academic year2022
Starting block
RemarksPart of module 5 B-CE
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  1. Knowledge of the nature of stresses induced in the soil and by the soil
  2. Knowledge of the fluid mechanics in a soil
  3. Model soil as an engineering material (simple cases)
  4. Analyze data from standard soil mechanics laboratory tests
  5. Analyze stability of slopes with a focus on protective infrastructure

This is a part of Module 5, Safety and Risk in Deltas of the Bachelor Civil Engineering. See here for the complete description of this module.

The main aim of the course is to contribute to subject-specific knowledge within the Civil Engineering programme. It is an introductory course.
Topics of the course include the description of water flow in soils, the soil response to axial and shear loads, the use of these knowledge to assess the stability of earth embankments.
The course consists of lectures, tutorials and a self-study. Tutorials are scheduled as follow-up of the lectures and will focus on the application of the lecture material by solving exercises. The study-load of the course is 2 ECTS.
The course is finalized with a written exam. Students can gain a bonus point by successfully solving an assignment based on virtual laboratory tests and related data analysis.  

External students who are interested in this elective: please contact  Peter Jansen (
Assumed previous knowledge
Solid mechanics and Fluid mechanics courses M1 to M4 in 1st year CE
Module 5
Participating study
Bachelor Civil Engineering
Required materials
Das & Sobhan, Principles of Geotechnical Engineering (SI Edition, 8th revised edition) ISBN:9781133108672
Course material
slides, worked-out exercises, self-study exercises
Recommended materials
Reference articles for some specific topics, not available on the book
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes

3 exercises, including open questions an

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