King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals



CE 353-01

Geotechnical Engineering I

First Semester 2001-2002  (011)


SMW  10-10:50



Instructor:  Dr. Naser A. Al-Shayea                                                             Office: 16-134

                                                                                                                        Phone:  2480

Text:   Geotechnical Engineering & Soil Testing

By  :    Al-Khafaji & Andersland, 1992.


Course Description:  Undergraduate Bulletin, p. 235


CE 353  Geotechnical Engineering I                                                              (3-3-4)


Soil formation and identification; index and classification properties of soils; clay minerals; soil compaction; capillarity, swelling, shrinkage and effective stresses; flow of water in soils; compressibility and consolidation; stress in soils; shear strength of cohesive and cohesionless soils; introduction to lateral earth pressure and shallow foundation.


Prerequisite:  CE 203

Co-requisite:  CE 230



Grade Distribution:


            20% Laboratory

            20% First Major Exam

            20% Second Major Exam

            10% Homework, Attendance

            30% Final Exam

            100% Total




1.      Homeworks should be submitted on time.

2.      9 Unexcused absences will result in DN-grade.






Subject                                                                                    Chapter            Section


Introduction                                                                            1                      All

            Scope of the Course


            Soil Composition

            Clay Minerals                                                                      

            Soil Formation and Identification                            

            Nature and Behavior of Soil Materials


Index and Classification Properties of Soils                3                      All


            Water in Soils


            Grain Size and Grain Size Distribution

            Grain Shape

            Soil Aggregate

            Phase Relations

            Interaction between Water and Clay Minerals

            Consistency & Sensitivity of Clays

            Organic Soils

Soil Classification                                                               

            The Unified Soil Classification System

            The AASHTO Soil Classification System

            Typical Soil Parameters


Soil Compaction                                                                4                      All

            Compaction Theory

            Properties of Compacted Soils

            Field Compaction & Ground Modification

            In-Place Determination of Soil Density


Water Flow Through Soils                                                             5                      5.1-5.4,5.7,


            Darcy’s Law

            Permeability Tests

            Hydraulic Heads

            Seepage and Flow Nets

Seepage Forces & Critical Gradient






Subject                                                                                    Chapter            Section

Stresses in Soils                                                                6                      6.0-6.4

            Effective Stress

            Mohr Circle

            Stresses at a Point


Compressibility and Consolidation                                     7                      7.0-7.2, 7.4

            Soil Compressibility


            Rate of Consolidation



Volume Change in Soils                                                    8                      All

            Stress-Strain Relationships & their Measurements

            Mohr-Coulomb Failure Criterion

            Shear Strength of Cohesionless Soils

            Shear Strength of Cohesive Soils


Lateral Earth Pressure                                                         9                      9.0-9.2

            Earth Pressure at Rest

            Active State of Stress

            Passive State of Stress


Bearing Capacity of Shallow Foundation                              10                    10.0-10.2

            Bearing Capacity Theory

            Factor of Safety