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Applied Rock Mechanics 7.5 credits

Tillämpad bergmekanik
Second cycle, T7020B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second 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

T0013B Rock Engineering and Rock Mechanics and T0014B Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics or T7001B Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics, and T7002B Design of Rock Constructions or equivalent knowledge. Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English B/6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
This course will enhance the students’ knowledge and skills as well as judgement in the area of rock mechanics and will help the students to solve practical rock mechanics problems in connection to civil and mining engineering projects.

Knowledge and understanding
After completing the course, the student should be able to
1. design rock beams, pillars, stopes, shafts and backfill,
2. analyse mining-induced subsidence and seismicity, and
3. select and apply the available engineering methods and tools in applied rock mechanics.

Competence and skills
After finishing the course, the student should be able to
4. formulate and carry out appropriate analysis for the given assignments and a project task, and
5. explain principle, mechanism and difficulties on the dimensioning, construction, and control of underground constructions in an engineering way orally, in writing and graphically.

Judgement and approach
After completing the course, the student should be able to
6. assess quality of own work and work by others, and
7. defend their work in connection to a field work or a project task. 

This course covers
• Beam theory
• Pillar design
• Design of open rooms and stopes
• Shaft design and construction
• Backfill design
• Numerical modelling
• Subsidence prediction
• Mining induced seismicity
• Field visit or project work 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
This course includes teaching and learning activities such as
• Lectures
• Self-studies
• Assignments
• Written tests
• Field visit or project work
• Technical report and oral presentation

The topics in this course are presented in the form of in-class lectures by several lecturers. Theoretical skills are trained through calculations and analyses in class, self-studies and after-class assignments. The understanding of the topics will be assessed through written tests. Focus on a specific engineering problem is made through group field visit and/or project work. The results of the project work are compiled in a written report and need be commented by peer reviewers. The work will be presented orally in the classroom during a seminar and the students need defend their work in group. 

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 course is assessed through written tests, written technical report and oral exam with differentiated grades (5.0 HP) and required assignments (2.5 HP) during the course.

• Intended learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 are assessed through required assignments graded with G/U, i.e. Pass (G) or Fail (U).
• Intended learning outcomes 1, 2 and 5 are further assessed through written tests.
• Intended learning outcomes 3-7 are evaluated through written technical report and oral exam.

All exams including the written tests, written technical report and oral exam need to be completed for a course grade. The grades for the written tests, written technical report and oral exam are awarded according to a graded scale of U, G, 3, 4 and 5, i.e. Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass without distinction (4), and Pass with distinction (5). 

Ping Zhang

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
The main literature in this course comprises of a compendium, which is divided into sections covering the topics in the course. Some sections are written specifically for this course while others consist of scientific papers or standalone chapters from books. Additional literature such as assignments, exercises, etc. will be made available in the university’s learning management system once the course starts.

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0004Required assignmentU G#2.50MandatoryS22
0005Written tests, project work assignment, oral examG U 3 4 55.00MandatoryS22

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 2006-02-20 and is valid from H06.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Jun 2021