Rock Mechanics (CE417) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Rock Mechanics CE417 Elective Courses 3 0 0 3 6
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Ce 204 Mechanics of Materials CE 311 Soil Mechanics
Course Language English
Course Type Elective Courses
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Question and Answer, Problem Solving.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Prof. Dr. Abdurrahim ÖZGENOĞLU
Course Assistants
Course Objectives This course is designed to provide the civil engineering students the understanding of the basic principles of the rock mechanics.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • On completion of this course students should have acquired the necessary skills to enable them to identify the requirements for the design of common and non-standard rock engineering problems used for civil engineering projects.
  • The course provides the necessary background information for a proper use of the rock engineering applications.
  • Analytical, numerical and empirical methods will also be covered during the rock mechanics applications.
Course Content Stress and strain analysis, introductory elasticity, mechanical behaviour of rock and rock masses, rock testing, discontinuity deformation and slip, failure, in-situ state of stress, stresses around underground openings, rock mass classification, support design.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to rock mechanics
2 Stress-strain analysis
3 Stress-strain analysis
4 Stress-strain analysis
5 Rock properties
6 Failure of rocks and failure criteria
7 Failure of rocks and failure criteria
8 In-situ state of stress
9 In-situ state of stress
10 Stresses around underground openings
11 Stresses around underground openings
12 Rock mass classification and support design
13 Rock mass classification and support design
14 Rock mass classification and support design
15 Final Exam Period
16 Final Exam Period


Course Book 1. Lecture Notes given in class.
Other Sources 2. R.E. Goodman, “Introduction to Rock Mechanics”, John Wiley and Sons, 1980. J.C. Jaeger & N.G.W.Cook, “Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics”, Chapman and Hall, 1979.
3. E.T. Brown, (ed.), “ISRM Commission on Testing Methods, Rock Characterization Testing and Monitoring, ISRM Suggested Methods”, Pergamon Press, 1981

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 4 8
Homework Assignments 4 12
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 11 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Having accumulated knowledge on mathematics, science and engineering and an ability to apply these knowledge to solve Civil engineering problems.
2 Ability to design Civil Engineering systems fulfilling sustainability in environment and manufacturability and economic constraints
3 An ability to differentiate, identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems; an ability to select and implement proper analysis, modeling and implementation techniques for the identified engineering problems.
4 An ability to develop a solution based approach and a model for an engineering problem and design and manage an experiment
5 Ability to use modern engineering tools, techniques and facilities in design and other engineering applications
6 Ability to carry out independent research in the field and to report the results of the research effectively and be able to present the research results at scientific meetings.
7 Sufficient oral and written English knowledge to follow scientific conferences in the field and communicate with colleagues.
8 Ability to effectively use knowledge in the field to work in disciplinary/multidisciplinary teams and the skill to lead these teams
9 Consciousness on the necessity of improvement and sustainability as a result of life-long learning,ability for continuous renovation and monitoring the developments on science and technology and awareness on entrepreneurship and innovation
10 Professional and ethical responsibility to gather and interpret data, apply and announce solutions to Civil Engineering problems.
11 An ability to investigate, improve social connections and their conducting norms with a critical view and act to change them when necessary.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 14 3 42
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 4 4 16
Quizzes/Studio Critics 4 2 8
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 10 20
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 16 16
Total Workload 150