ECTSComputer Applications in Geotechnical Engineering

Computer Applications in Geotechnical Engineering (CE554) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Computer Applications in Geotechnical Engineering CE554 Elective Courses 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
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 Lecture, Discussion, Question and Answer, Project Design/Management.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru AKIŞ
Course Assistants
Course Objectives To give students an understanding of principles necessary to analyze and design of geotechnical problems by computer programs.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • On completion of this course students should have acquired the necessary skills to enable them to identify the requirements for the design of common and non-standard geotechnical problems used for civil engineering projects.
  • The course provides the necessary background information for a proper use of the finite element method in geotechnical engineering applications.
  • Analytical, numerical and empirical methods will also be covered during the analysis of stability and measures of geotechnical applications.
Course Content Definition of geotechnical problems, Preliminary studies and design consideration in geotechnics, finite element method, Plaxis, exercises and case studies are based on the Plaxis computer programs, solving geotechnical problems by Plaxis.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Definition of geotechnical problems
2 Preliminary studies and design consideration in geotechnical engineering
3 Numerical methods
4 Numerical methods
5 Special topics in geotechnical engineering
6 Special topics in geotechnical engineering
7 Special topics in geotechnical engineering
8 Special topics in geotechnical engineering
9 Exercises and case studies by using computer programs
10 Exercises and case studies by using computer programs
11 Exercises and case studies by using computer programs
12 Use of computer programs in geotechnical engineering projects
13 Use of computer programs in geotechnical engineering projects
14 Use of computer programs in geotechnical engineering projects
15 Final exam period
16 Final exam period


Other Sources 2. F. S. Merrit, M. K. Loftin, J. T. Ricketts, Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers, Mc. Graw Hill, 2003.
3. Charles W.W. Ng and Bruce Menzies Advanced Unsaturated Soil Mechanics and Engineering, Taylor & Francis, New York, USA, 2007.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 5 15
Homework Assignments 3 15
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 25
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 45
Toplam 10 100
Percentage of Semester Work 55
Percentage of Final Work 45
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
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. X
2 Ability to design Civil Engineering systems fulfilling sustainability in environment and manufacturability and economic constraints X
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. X
4 An ability to develop a solution based approach and a model for an engineering problem and design and manage an experiment X
5 Ability to use modern engineering tools, techniques and facilities in design and other engineering applications X
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. X
7 Sufficient oral and written English knowledge to follow scientific conferences in the field and communicate with colleagues. X
8 Ability to effectively use knowledge in the field to work in disciplinary/multidisciplinary teams and the skill to lead these teams X
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 X
10 Professional and ethical responsibility to gather and interpret data, apply and announce solutions to Civil Engineering problems. X
11 An ability to investigate, improve social connections and their conducting norms with a critical view and act to change them when necessary. X

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 2 28
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 3 5 15
Quizzes/Studio Critics 5 2 10
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 10 10
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 14 14
Total Workload 125