Introduction to Mining

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Mining

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Australian Culture, Environmental Studies, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    2
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Introduction 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 Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate awareness of what the mining industry is about and why it exists (coal, metalliferous, industrial minerals and precious metals)
    2. Define the terminology (including surface mining, underground mining, placer mining)
    3. Demonstrate awareness of the history of mining and how the industry fits with global and Australian economies
    4. 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
    5. Use a CAD computer software as a basis for use of mine planning software later in course and after graduation
    6. Improve your technical report writing skills
    7. Identify and evaluate risk assessment processes and risk management generally and as specifically applied to the mining industry
    8. Develop an awareness of safe, efficient, economic and environmentally and socially responsible operations
     
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 3 Tutorial hours
     
     
    Assessment
    A Portfolio of In-Class Quizzes
    Type: Portfolio
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8
    Due Date: Throughout Semester
    Weight: 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 Assignment
    Type: Group Assignment
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 4, 6, 8
    Due Date: Early Semester
    Weight: 10%
    Task Description: The main purpose of this assignment is to introduce students to project management using a mining project.
     
     
    Coal Seam Modelling Assignment
    Type: Group Assignment
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 4, 6
    Due Date: Mid-Semester
    Weight: 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 Assignment
    Type: Tutorials
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 6, 7
    Due Date: Mid-Semester
    Weight: 10%
    Task Description: Risk Management Assignment
     
     
    Open Pit Design Assignment
    Type: Group Assignment
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 4, 5, 6
    Due Date: Late Semester
    Weight: 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 Exam
    Type: Exam - during Exam Period (Central)
    Learning Objectives Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8
    Due Date: Examination Period
    Weight: 30%
    Reading: 10 minutes
    Duration: 120 minutes
    Format: Short answer, Problem solving
    Task Description: End of Semester Exam

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