Faculty of Engineering

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)


This course provides students with an overview of principles and application of rock mechanics, including behavior of intact rock and rock mass, in-situ stress and measurement, rock mass classification, time-dependent and dynamic behavior of rock, roof support and reinforcement, pillar design, subsidence and other relevant topics in a modern mining operation.


At the conclusion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Comprehend and apply the fundamental rock in-situ properties and the mechanical behavior of rock and rock mass, Young's Modulus, and elasticity, to solve basic problems relating to rock structures in mines
  2. Comprehend rock mass classification and stress measurement theory and be able to explain, apply and interpret them both in the laboratory and in typical in-situ rock structures found in mining applications
  3. Apply the principles of rock mechanics to solve field application problems
  4. Apply rock testing and analyze field data to develop practical recommendations in solving problems
  5. Apply and analyse different roof support methods to mining situations while understanding their limitations
  6. Synthesise and design simple pillar designs, pillar recovery and mine layouts


Assignment/Practical/Project work (continuous assessment): 50%
Closed Book Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

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Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practice class, and 7 hours private study per week