Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics 7.5 credits

First cycle, T0013B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 4 - Present
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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 Nov 2018

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
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


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
During this introductory course you will acquire basic skills in rock engineering, and rock mechanics.
After completing this course you should be able to: 
  • Describe unit operations in rock engineering.
  • Describe different types of underground constructions in rock.
  • Describe different tunneling methods and choose and motive the choice of method for production in rock
  • Identify structurally controlled failures in rock slopes and near surface underground constructions using spherical projection and engineering descriptions of the rock mass composition
  • Identify circular rock slope failue.
  • 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 stabilise an unstable construction
  • Make basic rock quality classifications used in pre-investigations and determine the rock mass quality
  • Explain and discuss both your written and oral approaches, and your approaches, assumptions, results and conclusions,
These skills form the base for all other courses in rock mechanics and rock engineering, at the department.

Basic Rock engineering and rock mechanics such as conventional drill and blast, mechanical excavation methods, basic blasting, loading, hauling and transport, rock reinforcement, shifts, timetables, pre-investigations for rock constructions. You will get familiar with several underground projects in Sweden. In addition to the skills of rock engineering and rock mechanics, you will be given the opportunity to practice the general skills that you will need in your 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, you will:
- Develop experience on how rock engineering is conducted in practice, and to communicate with professionals. Train on how to present basic knowledge and to make critical assessments. Exercise on independent problem-solving. Apply your theoretical skills on practical problems. Get insights to some common field methods in soil mechanics. Conduct routine investigations on soil samples.
Regarding general skills, you will:
- Practice on oral- and written presentations. Develop your skills to work independently, and in group. Develop your ability to solve problems independently and to compile results. You will also practice on feedback on others' work


Lectures, focus assignments, project assignments, study visits and written exam.

The examination consists of a written exam and additional activities according:
- Written exam. Examination: 4p. Grade scale: U,G,3,4,5
- Additional activities. 3.5 p. Grade scale: U/G. Additional activities consist of different aspects of construction in rock, and includes work in group and a study visit.
- The grade scale for the entire course is given in grades 3 4 5

Transition terms

Lars-Olof Dahlström

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Bergmekanikens grunder, Nordlund m.fl.

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

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

Study guidance
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