Course syllabus

Bergmekanik och bergbyggnad
Rock Mechanics and Construction

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

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2023-03-21

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 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 about three-four persons. 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 supervision and feedback. Each group shall also carry out a written peer review of a report dealing with another part of the assignment.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Both parts of the course (0117, 0217) have to be approved to obtain a final mark. The final mark is a weighted average of the assesment of the written test (80%) and the written and oral presentation of a rock engineering tasks (20%) rounded off downwards to an integer.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0119. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Assessment of answers on a written examination. Contents: The written examination consists of one theory part which is solved without any books, and one problem part where listed books and similar are allowed.
Code: 0219. Name: Presentations of Assignments, Excursions and Study Visits..
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved written report and oral presentation of assignment. Active participation in compulsory excursions, study visit and final seminar.


Admission requirements:

Assumed prior knowledge: VSMA05 Structural Mechanics AND VBKF15 Structural Engineering, Basic Course AND VVRA05 Water AND FMIF50 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.