GEM351 - Soil Science and Geomechanic Principles

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Subject Title
Soil Science and Geomechanic Principles

Subject Description
This course introduces students to the fields of soil science and geotechnical engineering.  Several laboratory and field testing procedures will be covered to allow for soils classification under the applicable system.  Field investigation procedures and supplemental theory will be covered for common project activities such as earthwork inspections and environmental investigations.

Credit Status
One subject credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Classify soils for engineering and environmental purposes;
  2. Identify various soil parameters through the use of field and laboratory tests;
  3. Infer soil characteristics based on soil classification systems;
  4. Calculate hydraulic gradient and groundwater flow direction;
  5. Prepare borehole logs and soil profiles that address site investigation objectives;
  6. Relate the importance of field and laboratory observations to common Civil and Environmental projects.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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