Tunnelling (CE522) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Tunnelling CE522 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Problem Solving.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebru AKIŞ
Course Assistants
Course Objectives To give students an understanding of principles and methods necessary to select tunneling excavation and support system.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Students will be able to obtain the knowledge of analysis, design and construction methods of tunnels in soft ground and rock.
  • Students will be able to use numerical analysis tools for the preliminary design of tunneling and underground structures construction.
  • Students will be able to interpret field and laboratory data by the use of classification methods used for tunneling methods.
  • Students will develop an ability to recognize and solve tunneling project problems.
Course Content Introduction to tunneling: art and engineering, geological aspects of tunneling, tunneling methods: soft ground, rock or adverse ground conditions, ground treatment in tunneling, stresses and displacements associated with excavation of tunnels, design and support of tunnels, application of numerical analysis codes for tunneling.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to tunneling
2 Geological aspects of tunneling
3 Tunneling methods: soft ground, rock or adverse ground conditions
4 Tunneling methods: soft ground, rock or adverse ground conditions
5 Tunneling methods: soft ground, rock or adverse ground conditions
6 Ground treatment in tunneling
7 Ground treatment in tunneling
8 Stresses and displacements associated with excavation of tunnels
9 Stresses and displacements associated with excavation of tunnels
10 Design and support of tunnels
11 Design and support of tunnels
12 Design and support of tunnels
13 Application of numerical analysis codes for tunneling
14 Application of numerical analysis codes for tunneling
15 Final exam period
16 Final exam period


Other Sources 1. Standard Handbook for Civil Engineers, F. S. Merritt, M.K. Loftin, J.T. Ricketts.
2. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Design of Tunnel and Shafts, Manual No: 1110-2-2901.

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 5 15
Homework Assignments 3 15
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 25
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 45
Toplam 10 100
Percentage of Semester Work 55
Percentage of Final Work 45
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
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. X
2 Ability to design Civil Engineering systems fulfilling sustainability in environment and manufacturability and economic constraints X
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. X
4 An ability to develop a solution based approach and a model for an engineering problem and design and manage an experiment X
5 Ability to use modern engineering tools, techniques and facilities in design and other engineering applications X
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. X
7 Sufficient oral and written English knowledge to follow scientific conferences in the field and communicate with colleagues. X
8 Ability to effectively use knowledge in the field to work in disciplinary/multidisciplinary teams and the skill to lead these teams X
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 X
10 Professional and ethical responsibility to gather and interpret data, apply and announce solutions to Civil Engineering problems. X
11 An ability to investigate, improve social connections and their conducting norms with a critical view and act to change them when necessary. X

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 2 28
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 3 4 12
Quizzes/Studio Critics 5 2 10
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 10 10
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 17 17
Total Workload 125