Soil Mechanics, 6 credits (TNBI71)

Geoteknik, 6 hp

Main field of study

Civil Engineering


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Anders Jägryd

Director of studies or equivalent

Dag Haugum
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6IBYG Civil Engineering, B Sc in Engineering 3 (Autumn 2017) 1 2 Swedish Norrköping o

Main field of study

Civil Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Civil Engineering, B Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Building mechanics and strength of materials.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to :

  • Describe the significance of soil mechanics in construction.
  • Describe the origin of soils.
  • Describe the macro- and microstructure of soils.
  • Describe methods used for foundation of buldings.
  • Describe methods used for geotechnical field investigations.
  • Describe methods used for determination of soil properties.
  • Explain the significance of total and effective stresses in a ground.
  • Calculate and evaluate the bearing capacity and the settlement of a foundation.
  • Describe and apply a method to analyse the stability of slopes in soils.
  • Describe and apply systems for classification of soils.
  • Apply the results of a ground investigation to analyse the foundation of buildings.

Course content

The origin of soils. Definitions and determination of soil parameters and properties.Classification of soils. Methods for field investigation of the ground. Evaluation of a field investigation. Calculation of the bearing capacity of soils. Settlement of buildings and earthpressures against walls. Slope stability.

Teaching and working methods

Teaching is done in lectures and a groupwork. The groupwork consists of field investigation, laboratory works and calculations.


UPG2Project assignmentU, G2 credits
TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses: Road and Traffic Engineering, Water supply and Wastewater Technology, Concrete structures and Geo Construction


Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskap

Director of Studies or equivalent

Dag Haugum


Anders Jägryd

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 58 h
Recommended self-study hours: 102 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Bengt Langesten, Geotekniska Grundbegrepp
Anders Jägryd, Kurskompendium i Geoteknik

Additional literature


Bengt Langesten, Geotekniska Grundbegrepp


Anders Jägryd, Kurskompendium i Geoteknik
UPG2 Project assignment U, G 2 credits
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4 credits

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