Geosynthetics Engineering

Course Number: ENGRG 7280
Course Name: Geosynthetics Engineering (Online)
Course Description:    This course is designed to fully prepare a student with only an introductory course in Soil Mechanics to recognize, design, and analyze the geosynthetic alternatives to traditional civil engineering project features such as: subsurface drainage systems; beddings and filters for erosion control systems; erosion control systems; temporary runoff and sediment control; roadways and pavement systems; embankments on soft foundations; stability of steep slopes; retaining walls and abutments; and landfill final cover and base liner systems.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Graduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online
Program: Master of Science in Engineering

Registration Instructions

NOTE: The information below is representative of the course and is subject to change.  The specific details of the course will be available in the Desire2Learn course instance for the course in which a student registers.

Additional Information

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to

  • Identify and evaluate geosynthetics for use in civil engineering projects.
  • Design and analyze MSE walls.
  • Design and analyze reinforced soil structures.
  • Design geosynthetic filters and drainage systems.
  • Design geosynthetics for use in permanent erosion control systems.
  • Design roadways and pavements using geosynthetics.
  • Design geosynthetics for use in embankments on soft foundations.
  • Design silt fences.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1
Introduction, Orientation, and Overview

Unit 2
Soil Mechanics Review

Unit 3
Introduction to Geosynthetics

Unit 4
Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls

Unit 5
Reinforced Soil Slopes

Unit 6
Geosynthetic Filters and Drains

Unit 7
Geosynthetic in Permanent Erosion Control Systems

Unit 8
Geosynthetics in Roadways

Unit 9
Reinforced Embankments on Soft Foundations

Unit 10
Silt Fences

Grading Criteria for Activities

Assignment Percentage
Individual Homework, Discussions, and Design Projects 40%
Team Homework, Discussions, and Design Projects 50%
Final Exam 10%
Total: 100%

Grading Scale
A 90% - 100%
B 80% - 89%
C 70% - 79%
F 0% - 69%


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