TGB4190 - Engineering Geology of Rocks, Advanced Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 25/100
Written examination 75/100 4 hours D

Course content

Lecture series on selected topics representing a supplement and expansion of the basic course, such as: Engineering geological investigation, planning and specification, special problems related to subsea tunnels, tunnels in soil and young rock formations, stability and support of tunnels, water inflow and leakage prevention, waste disposal in rock caverns, numerical modelling, storage of oil and gas in rock caverns, engineering geology of dam sites etc. Colloquium based on selected textbook.

Learning outcome

- The course will give the students in-depth understanding of geological engineering investigation, planning and stability analysis related to projects on and in bedrock.

- The students will have in-depth knowledge of methodology related to investigation and planning of all kinds of projects on and in rock, and of the main principles for stability analysis and rock support design.

- Students will be able to perform geological investigation, classification and design of tunnels and other types of underground projects as well as rock slopes and cuts, and to perform stability analyzes and evaluate rock support requirement.

- Students will develop the ability of independent evaluation and analysis of engineering geological challenges, and the ability to cooperate for multidiciplinary solution of such challenges.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, colloquiums, literature survey and excursions. The excursions are compulsory. Field work may be scheduled for a weekend. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Field work

Further on evaluation

Assessment folder provides the basis for final grade in the subject. The folder includes a written final exam of 75% and paper to be submitted based on literature survey (work) 25%. The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.
If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MIBYGG)
Civil and Environmental Engineering (MTBYGG)
Geology (MGEOL)
Geotechnics and Geohazards (MSGEOTECH)
Geotechnology (MTTEKGEO)
Hydropower Development (MSB1)

Required previous knowledge

Exam passed for TGB4185 Engineering Geology BC or TGB5110 Engineering Geology and Tunnelling, or equivalent engineering geology course. Basic knowledge of general geology. Admission to the following programme of study is required: MTTEKGEO, MTBYGG, MGEOL, MIBYGG, MSB1, MSGEOTECH. Students on other programmes must contact the department to gain access.

Course materials

1) Compendium based on selected papers and lecture notes.
2) Selected international text for colloquium.
3) Nilsen og Palmstrøm: Engineering Geology and Rock Engineering Handbook, Norsk Bergmekanikkgruppe 2000.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG0537 7.5
TGB5100 1.8 01.09.2016
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD work 25/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 75/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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