Introduction to Mining
University of Queensland
Area of Study
Australian Culture, Environmental Studies, Pacific Studies
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionIntroduction to Australian mining history, mining methods & mining equipment, mine ventilation, explosives & blasting. Significant Australian mineral deposits & mines. Mining development & production terms & descriptions. Economic, social & environmental considerations. Introduction to risk management. Roles & responsibilities of a mining engineer.Learning ObjectivesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:
Class Contact2 Lecture hours, 3 Tutorial hoursAssessmentA Portfolio of In-Class QuizzesType: PortfolioLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8Due Date: Throughout SemesterWeight: 10%Task Description: A Quiz will be run at the end of each weekly lectures and collected on the same day. No late submissions will be accepted.Mine Project Management AssignmentType: Group AssignmentLearning Objectives Assessed: 1, 4, 6, 8Due Date: Early SemesterWeight: 10%Task Description: The main purpose of this assignment is to introduce students to project management using a mining project.Coal Seam Modelling AssignmentType: Group AssignmentLearning Objectives Assessed: 4, 6Due Date: Mid-SemesterWeight: 15%Task Description: The aim of this assignment is to introduce students to coal seam modelling using commercially available software called Surfer. It is a group assignment which should provide opportunities for students to work as a team and increase individual?s communication skills and group interaction. Students will need to submit a peer assessment. No contribution from a student to the group assignment will receive a zero (0)mark.Risk Management AssignmentType: TutorialsLearning Objectives Assessed: 6, 7Due Date: Mid-SemesterWeight: 10%Task Description: Risk Management AssignmentOpen Pit Design AssignmentType: Group AssignmentLearning Objectives Assessed: 4, 5, 6Due Date: Late SemesterWeight: 25%Task Description: The aim of this assignment is to introduce students to open pit design and computer aided drafting. As part of the assignment, the students need to prepare a plan of the final pit excavation of an ore body deposit showing the surface pit, waste dump, haul roads and processing plant. Students will need to submit a peer assessment and a soft copy of their work. No contribution from a student to the group assignment will receive a zero 0 mark.End of Semester ExamType: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8Due Date: Examination PeriodWeight: 30%Reading: 10 minutesDuration: 120 minutesFormat: Short answer, Problem solvingTask Description: End of Semester Exam
- Demonstrate awareness of what the mining industry is about and why it exists (coal, metalliferous, industrial minerals and precious metals)
- Define the terminology (including surface mining, underground mining, placer mining)
- Demonstrate awareness of the history of mining and how the industry fits with global and Australian economies
- Identify, assess and select the process of mine planning and implementation (including outline of current mining methods) from exploration through to delivery to processing, sustainable development and including a visit to an operating mine site. Cover mine to mill concept
- Use a CAD computer software as a basis for use of mine planning software later in course and after graduation
- Improve your technical report writing skills
- Identify and evaluate risk assessment processes and risk management generally and as specifically applied to the mining industry
- Develop an awareness of safe, efficient, economic and environmentally and socially responsible operations
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