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Introduction to Soil Mechanics CIVL 2140

Civil Engineering Course

Course details

This course introduces the basic principles of soil mechanics and testing procedures through lectures, problem-solving sessions, and laboratory demonstrations. Topics include mass/volume relationships, soil classification, compaction, and permeability.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of CIVL 2140 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 38487


Mon Sep 11 - Mon Nov 20 (10 weeks)

  • 10 weeks
  • CRN 38487
  • $742.06
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 11 - Nov 20 Mon 18:30 - 21:30 Burnaby


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.
  2. There will be no class on Monday, October 10, 2022 (Thanksgiving Day). This course will run for a total of 10 classes. For more info please visit:

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Calculate volume-weight relationships for soils.
  • Classify soils using the Unified Soil Classification System.
  • Describe compaction and in-place soil density tests.
  • Solve applied problems dealing with soil permeability.

Effective as of Fall 2011

Related Programs

Introduction to Soil Mechanics (CIVL 2140) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Civil Engineering Materials Testing
    Statement of Completion Part-time
  2. Civil Technology
    Associate Certificate Part-time
  3. Civil Technology
    Certificate Part-time


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