Course syllabus

Soil Mechanics

VGTF05, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2014-04-03

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: V3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course shall give an introduction to and basic knowledge in soil mechanics. The student shall knowledge for basic analysis and problem solving in the area of soil mechanics.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to explain and use basic concept and relations used in soil mechanics.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to apply soil mechanics knowledge in construction projects.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Understand the significance of and be able to asses a soil mechanics analysis, projecting or planning.


Construction geology. Soil materials knowledge. States of stress and strain. Testing methods used in field and laboratory. Failure criteria, Mohrs circle, stress vs strain equations. Foundation engineering: consolidation, load bearing capacity, support wall forces, land slide.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The course examination comprises one hand-in task, a compulsary field measuring task and an final course exame.


Required prior knowledge: VTGA01 Teknisk geologi, VSMA05 Byggnadsmekanik.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VVBF05, VGT601

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Per Johan Gustafsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: Teaching is through lectures including guest lectures, exercises, project work and field measurement.