PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE OF
The purpose of this course is to provide
understanding of the concepts of foundation design to the undergraduate and graduate
students planning to pursue their career in civil engineering or related field. To
accomplish the objectives of the course, the following features will be included:
- Mathematics will be kept as simple as each topic would permit.
- Analytical procedures will be summarized to emphasize key steps.
- Wherever possible, topics will be related to actual field
- Class discussions will be encouraged and appreciated.
- A real-world geotechnical project will be used as a project.
Principles of Foundation Engineering by Braja
M. Das, Fourth Edition
Foundation Analysis and Design by Joseph E.
Bowles, Fifth Edition
Soils and Foundations by Chang Liu and
Jack B. Evett, Fourth Edition
Essentials of Soil Mechanics and Foundations by David
- You must visit the web site for this course regularly. The web
site address is http//civil.engr.siu.edu/421/. Homework and reading assignments,
announcements, and class performances will be posted on the web.
- Attendance is required for each session of this
course. The information covered in each class is pertinent to understanding of the entire
course. The exam problems will be developed from the topics covered in the class which may
not be available in the textbook. Unexcused absence from the class is likely to adversely
affect your grade.
- All assignments must be turned-in by the due date and time given
on the assignment. Late assignments will not be accepted. However, if due to some valid
reason, you feel that you will not be able to complete the assignment by the due date,
please let me know at least a day before the due date of the assignment. If I am not in my
office, please stick a note in my mail box (Engrg. Bldg. D, Room 33) or send me an e-mail
- The homework assignments should be, legible, clear, and written in
a professional manner.
- If you miss a test or an assignment, a zero grade will be assigned
for that test or assignment. You may be allowed a make-up assignment or test only if: you
inform me and arrangements are made before the assignment due date or test date; and you
have not missed more than one lecture till the first class test and more
than two lectures over the entire course.
- Class discussions are highly encouraged.
- Final grade will be calculated using the grading distribution and
final grade assessment provided below.
- If the maximum score in a particular exam is less than 100
percent, that exam will be curved so that the maximum score is 100 percent. Each
students score in that exam will be multiplied by (100/the maximum score in the
exam). Homework assignment and project scores will not be curved. Also, final grade
will not be curved.
Class Test - I
Class Test - II
Final Exam (Comprehensive)
Final Grade Assessment
Final Letter Grade
90 and Above
Between 80 and 89
Between 70 and 79
Between 60 and 69
59 and Below
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