Soil Mechanics/Geotechnical Engineering I

By Prof. Dilip Kumar Baidya   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 4222
Broadly Geotechnical Engineering encompasses two distinct segments: Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. Soil Mechanics deals with study of physical properties of soils, and the relevance of these properties as they affect soil strength, stability, and drainage. Foundation engineering deals with (i) selection of foundation type based on building site conditions and site constraints, (ii) determining size and reinforcement of the foundation and (iii) finally construction of foundation element. This course will focus on the first, soil mechanics. Soil Mechanics is the basis for all geotechnical applications.. One has to learn basic principle of geotechnical engineering through soil mechanics and it is a core course for civil engineering in every college/university across the globe. Every aspect of soil mechanics starting from origin of soil to stability of soil slopes will be covered with great detail under this course.

Civil Engineering

PREREQUISITES : Engineering Mechanics

INDUSTRY SUPPORT Most of the Civil Engineering companies
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Origin of soil and its Classification
Week 2: Three-phase diagram & Weight volume relationship
Week 3: Soil Compaction, seepage and permeability
Week 4: Effective stress concept and applications
Week 5: Bouusinesq’s theory and vertical stress distribution 
Week 6: Shear Strength I 
Week 7: Shear strength II 
Week 8: Compressibility of soils 
Week 9: Consolidation and time rate of settlement 
Week 10: Earth pressure theory I
Week 11: Earth pressure theory II
Week 12: Introduction to Stability of slopes

Books and references

1. Soil Mechanics by A Aysen 
2. Elements of Soil Mechanics by Smith and smith 
3. Craig’s Soil Mechanics by R F Craig 
4. Basic and Applied Soil Mechanics by Ranjan and Rao

Instructor bio

Prof. Dilip Kumar Baidya

IIT Kharagpur
Presently Professor in Civil Engineering at IIT Kharagpur, graduated in Civil Engineering in 1987 from Bengal Engineering College Sibpur and obtained ME and Ph D from IISc Bangalore in the year 1989 and 93, respectively. Have 25 years of experience in teaching and research and guided more than 25 M Tech dissertations and 7 Ph D theses on Geotechnical Engineering. Published more than 100 papers in National/international journals and conferences out of which 3 papers received best paper award. Visited different countries for presenting papers in the international conferences and served 2 years as Faculty members in the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. Besides teaching and research, provided consultancy services to various industrial problems. Held several administrative positions at IIT Kharagpur which includes responsible position like Vice Chairman/Chairman JEE for IIT Kharagpur zone, Prof In-charge Examination etc.Fellow of Indian Geotechnical Society and member of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Elected member of Executive committee of IGS for 2017-18.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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