ECTSGeotechnical Site Characterization

Geotechnical Site Characterization (CE416) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Geotechnical Site Characterization CE416 Elective Courses 3 0 0 3 6
Pre-requisite Course(s)
CE 311 Soil Mechanics
Course Language English
Course Type Elective Courses
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Question and Answer, Problem Solving.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru AKIŞ
  • Research Assistant Burak AKBAŞ
Course Assistants
Course Objectives To teach how to perform geotechnical field test and how to evaluate the results of them
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • To be able to know the field geotechnical field test
  • To be able to evaluate the result of the geotechnical field test
  • To be able to use the results of filed test in geotechnical design
Course Content The sub-surface investigation, standard penetration test, cone penetration test, dilatometer test , Vane shear test, resistivity.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Geotechnical site investigations
2 Drilling and sampling of soil and rock
3 Standard penetration test (SPT)
4 Standard penetration test (SPT)
5 Cone penetration test (CPT)
6 Cone penetration test (CPT)
7 Pressuremeter test (PMT)
8 Pressuremeter test (PMT)
9 Vane shear test (VST)
10 Vane shear test (VST)
11 Dilatometer test (DMT)
12 Dilatometer test (DMT)
13 Geophysical methods
14 Geophysical methods
15 Final Exam Period
16 Final Exam Period


Other Sources 1. Mayne, P.W., Christopher, B.R., and DeJong, J. 2001. Manual on Subsurface Investigations. National Highway Institute Publication No. FHWA NHI-01-031, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 6 30
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 30
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 8 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having accumulated knowledge on mathematics, science and engineering and an ability to apply these knowledge to solve Civil engineering problems.
2 Ability to design Civil Engineering systems fulfilling sustainability in environment and manufacturability and economic constraints
3 An ability to differentiate, identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; an ability to select and implement proper analysis, modeling and implementation techniques for the identified engineering problems.
4 An ability to develop a solution based approach and a model for an engineering problem and design and manage an experiment
5 Ability to use modern engineering tools, techniques and facilities in design and other engineering applications
6 Ability to carry out independent research in the field and to report the results of the research effectively and be able to present the research results at scientific meetings.
7 Sufficient oral and written English knowledge to follow scientific conferences in the field and communicate with colleagues.
8 Ability to effectively use knowledge in the field to work in disciplinary/multidisciplinary teams and the skill to lead these teams
9 Consciousness on the necessity of improvement and sustainability as a result of life-long learning,ability for continuous renovation and monitoring the developments on science and technology and awareness on entrepreneurship and innovation
10 Professional and ethical responsibility to gather and interpret data, apply and announce solutions to Civil Engineering problems.
11 An ability to investigate, improve social connections and their conducting norms with a critical view and act to change them when necessary.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 6 6 36
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 10 10
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 14 14
Total Workload 150