Course syllabus

Soil Mechanics

VGTF05, 5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2018/19
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2018-03-27

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

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


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 - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The course examination comprises one hand-in task, a compulsary field measuring task and an final course exame.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Required prior knowledge: VTGA01 Teknisk geologi and 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.