TGB4212 - Rock Mechanics, Advanced Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 30/100
Written examination 70/100 3 hours C

Course content

Assessment of rockmass quality, Ground Response Curve, the observation method for tunnelling (NATM), rock mechanics for TBM tunnelling, rock support, analytical and numerical stability analyses, hydropower engineering, excursions and relatively large project tasks. Focuses are put on applications of rock mechanics principles. Project tasks: group work, individual presentations and a group report.

Learning outcome

The students have an overview of the areas where rock mechanics principles are applied for design and stability analyses. They can solve practical problems related to rock excavations. They learn skills to handle practical rock mechanics tasks. The student should master the use of subject-specific digital tools including programming where relevant (RS2 and Examine2D).

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, guest lectures, excursions and self-study. The students work in groups on large project tasks. These group projects count 30% of the final grade.

Compulsory assignments

  • Excursions

Further on evaluation

In order to be eligible to receive a grade in the course, both assessments (projects and final exam) must receive a passing score. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

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

Required previous knowledge

TGB4210 Rock and Soil Mechanics, Basic Course and TGB4185 Engineering Geology, Basic Course or equivalent basic courses in rock and soil mechanics and engineering geology.

Course materials


More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020
Extraordinary deadline for course registration: 2020-06-01

No.of lecture hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 8

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Engineering Geology - Rocks
  • Mining Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum



Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 70/100 C
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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