Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the completion of the course the student is able to

- use rock classificationsystems for estimation of rock mass properties
- analyze the behavior of rock mass as discontinuous, heterogeneous and partly unknown material under stress field
- perform rudimentary stability analysis
- select appropriate laboratory and field test methods for rock mass characterization

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 25.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mikael Rinne

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mikael Rinne

Contact information for the course (valid 02.09.2020-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rock as a material, the stress-strain relation, friction, yield, elasticity and strength of rock and rock masses, laboratory and field testing, failure mechanisms, rock stress and rock stress measurements.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, exercises, exam.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24 h (12 x 2 h)

    Numerical exercises 21 h (7 x 3 h)

    Practical exercises 8 h (2 x 4 h) (mandatory)

    Preparing for lectures, exercises and examination 79 h

    Exam 3 h



Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Hoek E.: Practical Rock Engineering; Brady, Brown: Rock Mechanics for Underground Mining; ISRM suggested methods for rock characterization, testing and monitoring. Other material distributed during the course.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rak-32.2011 Rock Mechanics.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    GEO-E1040 Rock Excavation is recommened.

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