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COURSE SYLLABUS

Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics 7.5 credits

Berganläggningsteknik
First cycle, T0013B
Version
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject
Rock Engineering and Mineral Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Mining and Mineral Technology
Main field of study
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and 30 credits in engineering/science


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on 1-165 credits.



Course Aim
During this introductory course, the student will acquire basic skills in rock engineering, and rock mechanics. Below a list of course goals are listed, divided in expected indented learning outcomes (ILO)

After completing this course, the student should be able to: 

Knowledge and understanding
1. Understand and describe different excavation methods unit operations for rock excavations.
2. Identify structurally controlled failures in rock slopes and underground rock excavations using spherical projection and engineering descriptions of the rock mass composition
3. Identify circular rock slope failure based on an engineering geology description of the rock mass.

Competence and skills
4. Determine and motivate choice of method and equipment for rock excavation. 
5. Determine the safety factor for identified potential structural controlled failure types and assess whether slopes and underground constructions are stable. Be able to give recommendations on how to stabilize an unstable block.
6. Make basic rock quality classifications used in pre-investigations and determine the rock mass quality
7. Explain and discuss the project, both in text and orally, the procedure, assumptions, results, and conclusions.

Judgement and approach 
8. Describe different rock facilities. Risks with consequences for the environment.

These skills form the base for all other courses in rock mechanics and rock engineering, at the department.  

Contents
This course covers basic rock engineering and rock mechanics such as conventional drill and blast, mechanical excavation methods, basic blasting, loading, hauling and transport, rock reinforcement, shift- and time planning, pre-investigations for rock constructions. The student will get familiar with several underground projects in Sweden. In addition to the skills of rock engineering and rock mechanics, the student will be given the opportunity to practice general skills needed for the future career role. By reaching the course objectives, you will acquire specific knowledge within this discipline, as well as general skills

Regarding specific knowledge within this discipline, the student will:
- Develop basic knowledge in the field of rock engineering and how rock excavations is conducted in practice, to a level that provide capability for fruitful communication with professionals within the rock engineering discipline. Train on how to present basic knowledge and to make critical assessments. Exercise on independent problem-solving and apply theoretical skills on practical problems within the specific discipline. Get insights to some common field methods in soil mechanics. Conduct routine investigations on soil samples.

Regarding general skills, the student will:
- Practice on oral- and written presentations. Develop skills to work independently, and in group. Develop ability to solve problems independently and to compile results. You will also practice on feedback on others' work  

Realization
Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course format consists in general of four elements: lectures, project assignments, study visits (or alternatively a specialization assignment) and a written exam.

Lecturers, presentations, and course literature gives the prerequisite to carry out the project assignment. The lectures are given in stages coupled to the project assignment. The assignment is carried as group work and is presented both as a written PM and orally. All group members will be participating in the oral presentation. The presentation will be given to another group that will be allowed to object to both the PM and the presentation.

The course includes a study visit that links to parts of the course content. During the study visit, the student must actively participate by, for example, taking notes, taking photographs (if permitted), listening and asking relevant questions to those who guide the students during the visit. If the examiner decides that a study visit is canceled for any reason, the study visit is replaced by an specialization assignment that must be reported in writing. 

Examination
If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The examination consists of a written exam and additional activities consisting of different aspects of construction in rock and includes work in group and a study visit 

- Written exam. Examination: 4p. Grade scale: U,G,3,4,5
Additional activities. 3.5 p. Grade scale: U/G. 
- Written report and oral presentation of project assignment
-Completed study visit and a written group report of the visit (if the study visit is canceled, the part is replaced with an specialization assignment that is carried out in groups and which is reported in writing)

The grade scale for the entire course is given in grades 3 4 5

The table below present assessment for the goals respectively

Goal Description Examination
1 Understand and describe different excavation methods unit operations for rock excavations - Written exam, written assignment report and oral presentation
2 Identify structurally controlled failures in rock slopes and underground rock excavations using spherical projection and engineering descriptions of the rock mass composition - Written exam, written assignment report and oral presentation
3 Identify circular rock slope failure based on an engineering geology description of the rock mass - Written exam
4 Determine and motivate choice of method and equipment for rock excavation - Written exam
5 Determine the safety factor for potential failure types and assess whether slopes and near surface located underground constructions are stable. Be able to give recommendations on how to stabilize an unstable construction - Written exam
6 Make basic rock quality classifications used in pre-investigations and determine the rock mass quality - Written exam
7 Explain and discuss the project, both in text and orally, the procedure, assumptions, results, and conclusions - Written exam, written assignment report and oral presentation
8 Describe different rock facilities. Risks with consequences for the environment - Written exam  

Transition terms
1000

Examiner
Lars-Olof Dahlström

Literature. Valid from Spring 2022 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Bergmekanikens grunder, Nordlund et.al

For this course less than 50% of Bergmekaniken grunder will be used and there will be a shorter version available, covering the course. However, the complete book will also be available, required for coming courses within the subject.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 54.00MandatoryA08
0002Required assignmentU G#3.50MandatoryA08

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2008-01-22 and is valid from H08.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 20 Apr 2021