Geology and Soil Mechanics

By Prof. Priyanka Ghosh   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 994
ABOUT THE COURSE : The course prepares the student to be able to make effective learning of basic soil mechanics. The course should have the pre-requisite of mechanics of solids/strength of materials course.

PRE_REQUISITES   : Mechanics of solids/Strength of materials
INDUSTRIES SUPPORT  : Civil construction companies, PWD, PHE, Irrigation etc.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 23 Jan 2023
End Date : 14 Apr 2023
Enrollment Ends : 06 Feb 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 17 Mar 2023
Exam Date : 29 Apr 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 - Description of soil, engineering geology of soils and their formation, clay mineralogy
Week 2 - Index properties of soil
Week 3 - Classification of soils
Week 4 - Soil compaction
Week 5 - Permeability in soil & Seepage in soil and flow net construction
Week 6 - Seepage in soil and flow net construction
Week 7 - In-situ stresses & criteria for filter design
Week 8 - Effective stress principle & soil-water systems: capillarity
Week 9 - Fundamental of consolidation
Week 10 - Fundamental of consolidation & Shear strength of soil
Week 11 - Shear strength of soil
Week 12 - Stress in soil (Boussiensq, Westergaard theories) & Earth pressure theories

Books and references


Instructor bio

Prof. Priyanka Ghosh

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Priyanka Ghosh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur. After completion of PhD from IISc, Bangalore in 2005, he served as faculty member at BITS, Pilani, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur. His primary research focus is in Computational Geomechanics and in particular, analysis of foundations, ground anchors, retaining structures, vibration isolation and geopolymers. He is the recipient of several awards like “IEI Young Engineers Award” by The Institute of Engineers (India), “Outstanding Young Investigator Award” by International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), USA, “Scholarship for Young Indian Researchers” by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, “Indo-US Research Fellowship” by Indo-US S&T Forum, “Class of 1982 Research Fellowship” by IIT Kanpur etc. He has published several research papers in various international journals and conferences. He has guided several post graduate students for their thesis work and taught different courses in various capacities. He has completed a number of sponsored research projects funded by different government organization such as Dept. of Science and Technology (DST), India; Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Indian Railway, India etc.

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: 
29 April 2023 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 Kanpur .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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