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FAF3603 Information Based Design in Soil and Rock Mechanics 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAF3603 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course aims to give the student a deep understanding of how to view decisions regarding structural design in soil and rock, if the structure is to satisfy the society's requirements on structural safety and, at the same time, is possible to construct cost-effectively, when the complete life cycle of the structure is considered.The course consists of self studies, which are complemented by seminars. The course examination consists of a project assignment, which is selected in consultation with the examiner.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student shall:

  • Have a deep understanding of how structures in soil and rock can be designed from an information-based perspective.
  • Be able to discuss how decisions regarding structural design can be seen from a broader risk and life-cycle perspective.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Master of Science in civil engineering or similar, with at least one basic course in geotechnical engineering or rock mechanics.

Recommended prerequisites

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The course literature is announced at the beginning of each course round.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • PRO1 - Project work, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Fredrik Johansson (

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Soil- and Rock Mechanics