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: 05.09.2022 - 17.10.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mikael Rinne, Juha Antikainen, Otto Hedström

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, exercises, exam.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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



Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

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    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I
    2023-2024 Autumn I

    Enrollment :

    Registration on Sisu (