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Fall 2016 Syllabus

1. Textbook information
Required textbook:
Lecture notes will be provided
Reference texts:
Hoek, E. and J. Bray, 1977. Rock slope engineering.
Bieniawski, Z. T., 1987. Strata control in mineral engineering. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York
Bieniawski, Z. T., 1984. Rock mechanics design in mining and tunneling. A. A. Balkema, Boston.
Brady, B. H. G. and E. T. Brown, 2004. Rock Mechanics for underground mining. Kluwer Academic
Publishers, Boston.
Peng, S. S., 1986. Coal mine ground control. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York
Dowding, C. H., 1985. Blast vibration monitoring and control. Prentice-hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs.
Hardy, H. R., 2003. Acoustic emission/microseismic activity. A. A. Balkema, Boston.

2. Topical outline
1. Basic mechanics of slope failure
2. Graphical presentation of geological data
3. Geological data collection
4. Basic theories on stress and rock properties
5. Basic theory on fluid mechanics and ground water
6. Plane failure
7. Wedge failure
8. Circular failure
9. Toppling failure
10. Blasting
11. Slope protection and monitoring
12. Concept of seismic waves
13. Rock mass classification
14. Frac sand

3. Grading
Homework 40%
Mid-term 30%
Final exam 30%
A: 100 – 90 B: 89 – 80 C: 79 – 60 D: 59 – 50 F: < 50

4. Ethical homework preparation

All work is done on the honor system. It will be considered unethical (in this course) to confer on answers or look
at other people’s work. You may discuss the work with other in a general way, but can not use another person to
help you with the problems.

5. Instructor
Maochen Ge, Ph.D.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Department of Mining Engineering
324 McNutt Hall, 1400 N. Bishop Ave, Rolla, MO 65409
Tel: 573 341 6029 email: gem@mst.edu

6. Course TA: Mr. Francis Arthur, faaqp4@mail.mst.edu 573 341 7647

7. In Case of Emergency, Classroom Egress Maps
The lectures for the course will be given at room 316, Library. You may find the information of the classroom
emergency exits at: http://designconstruction.mst.edu/floorplan/ and contact the university for any further

8. Disability Support Services: http://dss.mst.edu

Any student inquiring about academic accommodations because of a disability should be referred to
Disability Support Services so that appropriate and reasonable accommodative services can be determined and
recommended. Disability Support Services is located in 204 Norwood Hall. Their phone number is 341-4211 and
their email is dss@mst.edu. If you have a documented disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this
course, you are strongly encouraged to meet with me early in the semester. You will need to request that the
Disability Services staff send a letter to me verifying your disability and specifying the accommodation you will
need before I can arrange your accommodation.

9. LEAD Learning Assistance http://lead.mst.edu

The Learning Enhancement Across Disciplines Program (LEAD) sponsors free learning assistance in a wide
range of courses for students who wish to increase their understanding, improve their skills, and validate their
mastery of concepts and content in order to achieve their full potential. LEAD assistance starts no later than the
third week of classes. Check out the online schedule at http://lead.mst.edu/assist, using zoom buttons to enlarge
the view. Look to see what courses you are taking have collaborative LEAD learning centers (bottom half of
schedule) and/or Individualized LEAD tutoring (top half of the schedule). For more information, contact the
LEAD office at 341-7276 or email lead@mst.edu.

10. The Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is a centralized location designed for students to visit and feel comfortable about
utilizing the campus resources available. The Student Success Center was developed as a campus wide initiative
to foster a sense of responsibility and self-directedness to all S&T students by providing peer mentors, caring
staff, and approachable faculty and administrators who are student centered and supportive of student success.
Visit the B&MSSC at 198 Toomey Hall; 573-341-7596; success@mst.edu; facebook:
www.facebook.com/SandTssc; web: http://studentsuccess.mst.edu/

11. Title IX Statement

Missouri University of Science and Technology is committed to the safety and well-being of all members of its
community. US Federal Law Title IX states that no member of the university community shall, on the basis of
sex, be excluded from participation in, or be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any
education program or activity. Furthermore, in accordance with Title IX guidelines from the US Office of Civil
Rights, Missouri S&T requires that all faculty and staff members report, to the Missouri S&T Title IX
Coordinator, any notice of sexual harassment, abuse, and/or violence (including personal relational abuse,
relational/domestic violence, and stalking) disclosed through communication including but not limited to direct
conversation, email, social media, classroom papers and homework exercises.

Missouri S&T’s Title IX Coordinator is Vice Chancellor Shenethia Manuel. Contact her directly
(manuels@mst.edu; (573) 341-4920; 113 Centennial Hall) to report Title IX violations. To learn more about Title
IX resources and reporting options (confidential and non-confidential) available to Missouri S&T students, staff,
and faculty, please visit http://titleix.mst.edu.