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Soils and Equipment
SOILS & EQUIP
CLASS CODE: CONST 350 CREDITS:  2
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: ARCHITECTURE & CONSTRUCTION
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: An introduction to soil mechanics. Soils classification. Soils exploration and testing. Cost and control of excavating, hauling, grading, compacting, lifting, and other heavy equipment.
TAUGHT: Fall, Winter, summer (odd years)
CONTENT AND TOPICS: - Soil mechanics
- Soil index properties and methods of soil testing
- Soil classification systems
- Engineering properties of soils
- Excavation and foundation selection
- Compaction, stabilization, shoring, and dewatering
- Soil exploration
- EPA regulations
- Excavation equipment, cost, maintenance
- Earth moving problems
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Understand basic rock formation, soil, and weathering processes and soil deposition. Distinguish between the coarse and fine soil fractions and know how the properties of shape, specific gravity, chemical structure, angularity, toughness and durability affect its engineering properties.
2. Understand and interpret USDA textural, AASHTO, and Unified Soil Classification Systems and their corresponding symbols.
3. Experiment with soil samples to determine characteristics such as plasticity, strength, cohesiveness, toughness, compressibility, etc.
4. Interpret soils reports and field exploration logs to better understand site soil and groundwater conditions. Be familiar with exploration methods for varying strata.
5. Be familiar with equipment and methods used for compaction, stabilization, dewatering, excavation support, foundation excavation and construction, hauling, etc.
6. Calculate basic earthmoving problems such as: swell, shrinkage, bank density, loose density, moisture content and remediation, and resistance. Understand cycle time, operational efficiency, capacity, and cost as they relate to productivity.
7. Understand the requirements for construction site erosion control and know how to implement the proper procedures based on the site conditions.
REQUIREMENTS: Course policies: Students are expected to attend all classroom and lab sessions. More than two unexcused absences or tardies will result in a full letter grade drop in the final grade. when possible inform the instructor IN ADVANCE of excused absences.

Reading assignments from the text and class assignments will be given and students will be expected to complete them prior to attending class, andn participate in class discussions.

It is expected that each student will abide the BYU-Idaho dress, grooming, and honor standards.

Feel free to consult with the instructor at anytime you have difficulty or become confused. He is there to help you succeed. Office hours are posted and/or are by appointment.

Evaluation and Grading: In evaluation of each student's performance and mastery of assignments and coursework, the following criteria will be used:
A. Attendance: The college attendance policy is in force. Regular attendance and punctuality will influence the final grade and the level of achievement.
B. Assignments: It is your responsibility to do your own work and deliver your assignments on time. See the assignment sheet and follow it closely.
C. Quizzes, Tests, and Final: There are two major written tests and a final test evaluating the student's progress in the course. Quizzes will be given unannounced at random. There will be NO MAKE-UP QUIZZES. You MUST be in class to take the quiz. The final will be a comprehensive objective test. All testing times are posted in the assignment sheet.
D. Grading: Assignments will be given a value equivalent to time involved in doing the assignment. All points for assignments, special projects, quizzes, tests, and examinations will be totaled and equated to the total points possible for that portion of the course. A grade will be given according to the folowing ranking:
A = 93% & above C- = 72.9% - 70%
A- = 92.9% - 90% D+ = 69.9% - 67%
B+ = 89.9% - 87% D = 66.9% - 63%
B = 86.9% - 83% D- = 62.9% - 60%
B- = 82.9% - 80% F = 59.9% & Below
C+ = 79.9% - 77% I = Incomplete
C = 76.9% - 73%

Weighting of Assignments:
Major Exams 20% Project/Reports 20%
Code Assignments 5% Final Exam 15%
Quizzes 15% Lab Assignments 10%
Worksheets 15%

Assignments: Please bring a looseleaf binder to keep your assignments, worksheets, handouts, and quizzes organized. They will be invaluable as study aides for the exams.

Some assignments will be done as small groups and you will be graded according to participation and involvement with the group. Each member of the group will have individual responsibilities that will influence the grade of the entire group. Please recognize the value of this experience as it relates to real life situations and help each other to be successful within your group.

All assignments are to be completed on or before the date specified. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED UNLESS PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE with the instructor or there are extenuating circumstances such as a family emergency or death. There is a voucher that may be used for a late assignment ONCE during the semester. It will be introduced in class.

Project: Two to three students will be working together to come up with a demonstration that will help the class to better understand soil conditions or testing procedures. These projects will enable you to attain a better than average grade in class. You may choose to do one substantial project or a couple of smaller ones. These will be determined the first couple of weeks in class.

Course Disclaimer and Procedures: The syllabus and class assignment sheet represent a tentative outline and schedule for this class. The instructor reserves the right to make changes, deletions, corrections, or additions during the course. You will be given notice in advance of any course changes. It is YOUR responsibility as a student to attend class and be aware of these changes.

There may be occasional unannounced visits to construction sites as they reach construction phases that correspond to lecture content. Please come dressed to face the Rexburg weather at any time. There will be substantial time spent in the lab for which you need to dress appropriately. Lab coats are available for your protection and use. Safety glasses are available for your use and MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES in the lab.

It is the student's responsibility to disclose to the teacher any special needs and/or learning disabilities he/she may have before the first week of class is over so that accommodations may be made.
PREREQUISITES: Arch 100, Arch 102
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001