Course syllabus

Bergmekanik och bergbyggnad
Rock Mechanics and Construction

VTGF01, 7,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2013-04-19

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Elective Compulsory for: V3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to enhance the student's knowledge and skills in rock geology and rock engineering as a tool to handle infrastructure and building projects and to take into account the general goals for development of a sustainable society. The course is of value for all civil engineers and particularly appropriate for the specializations towards civil engineering and water resources within the civil engineering programme.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The following is included in the course contents.


At least two days of field exercises and study visits in rock quarries and at rock construction sites. A comprehensive rock construction assignment is running in parallell with the course. The students get the responsibility for a particular part of the assignment in groups of three persons. Each group is offered at least three hours of advicing in the small group in addition to advicing during the scheduled exercises. The assignment is presented as a written report and orally at the final seminar of the course. Each student group is offered a detailed written and oral feedback from the teachers. Each group shall also carry out a written peer review of a report dealing with another part of the assignment. The students do also have to prepare and perform an oral opposition of a third group with a third particular task at the final seminar.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination. Written and oral presentation of a rock engineering tasks. Compulsory participation in excursions, field exercises and seminars. The final mark is a weighted average of the marks from the different parts (written test 90%, written and oral presentation of rock engineering tasks 10%) rounded off downwards to an integer. To pass the written examination it is necessary to obtain at least 50% of the total points.

Code: 0110. Name: Written Examination and Presentation of Assignments.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH.
Code: 0210. Name: Excursions, Laboratory Work and Seminars.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: VSMA05 Structural Mechanics, VBK013 Structural Engineering, Basic Course , VVR145 Water, FMI031 Environmental Science, Especially Environmental Chemistry and VGTF05 Soil Mechanics.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetsadjunkt Peter Jonsson,
Course homepage:
Further information: Field exercises, excursions and study visits are accounted as laboratory work in the time plan.