ENGE412-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

This occurrence is not offered in 2023

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course focuses on description and representation of a rock mass, stress and strain in a rock mass and deformation and failure of a rock mass. These are applied to rock slope stability analysis and design of underground excavations.

The ENGE412 course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of rock mechanics and rock engineering. Concepts covered in the course include: stress and strain, strength and deformation of intact rocks through to rock masses, induced and in situ stresses, rock mass characterisation, slope stability analysis, ground behaviour models, excavation and stabilisation methods. The course is multi-faceted involving rock strength testing (laboratory and field), rock mass data collection in the field, data analysis based on numerical models and application of design methods for rock mass stabilization.

Learning Outcomes

A student completing this course will be able to:
1. Apply concepts of stress, strain, elasticity and plasticity to intact rock and rock masses.
2. Collect rock mechanics data in the field, combine it with laboratory test data and assess the stability of excavations in rock.
3. Determine likely rock mass behaviours under different excavation and loading conditions and propose mitigation solutions.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


(1) ENCN353 or (2) MATH101 or MATH102 or MATH103 and (3) approval from the Head of Department of Geological Sciences


ENGE 485

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Romy Ridl


David Bell


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes and Mastery/Presentation Exercises 15%
Computational Assessments 10% Stability assessments
Laboratory Report 10%
Fieldtrip Assignments 30%
Take Home Exam 35%


Prerequisites: 15 points of 100-level MATH

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All ENGE412 Occurrences

  • ENGE412-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023 - Not Offered