Course Title: Mining Geomechanics and Civil Tunnelling

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mining Geomechanics and Civil Tunnelling

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor John Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1298

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 10.13.08

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides insight into excavation methods and technology for mining and civil projects, including underground mines and civil tunnels. Construction methods and ground support design are investigated with selected case study examples. The important role of a geomechanical approach to safe economic design is developed.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to development of the following program learning outcomes for MC257 Master of Engineering (Civil Engineering):


  1. Needs, Context and Systems

1.1.      Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)

1.2.      Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

1.3.      Identify and assess risks (including OH&S) as well as the economic, social and environmental impacts of engineering activities

  1. Problem Solving and Design

2.1.      Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering problems

2.2.      Anticipate the consequences of intended action or inaction and understand how the consequences are managed collectively by your organisation, project or team

2.3.      Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities

  1. Analysis

3.1.      Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities

3.2.      Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences.

  1. Professional Practice

4.1.      Initiate, plan, lead or manage engineering activities

4.2.      Demonstrate orderly management of self, and professional conduct.

4.3.      Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects

4.4.      Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership

4.5       Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and     commprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements,interests, terminology and language of the intended audience

4.6      Display a personal sense of responsibility for your work

4.7   Demonstrate orderly management of self and professional conduct






On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Conceptually map and evaluate the types of excavation methods used in mining and tunnelling
  2. Design support systems for underground excavations in projects of varying complexity
  3. Prepare design options and recommendations for mining and civil tunnelling projects and justify them to stakeholders

Prepare a construction plan and engineering specifications for a selected part of a mining and or civil tunnelling project


Overview of Learning Activities

The course activities are structured around lectures, tutorials, case studies workshop discussions and presentations

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. These can include lecture material, case studies, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, practice exam, quiz questions and references.

Overview of Assessment


☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Task 1:

Assignment 1. 20% Week 5, CLO 1,3

Assessment Task 2:

Assignment 2. 40% Week 12, CLO 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3

Exam 40% CLO 1-4