ENAR12014 - Introduction to Mining Technology and Mineral Processing
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces students to the improved safety and productivity of mining methods from an historical perspective. Students will investigate the social, environmental and economic sustainability of Australian mining operations and the impact of Australian laws on coal and metalliferous, underground and surface mining, blast design, and mineral processing. During the unit students will be expected to demonstrate an effective and professional level of teamwork, communication and support for collaborative peer group learning through the use of forums, reflective journals and workbooks.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 45%
4. Portfolio Pass/Fail

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
I wish all the material including assignment, study guides etc, where up on the moodle site before week 1. Found it difficult to find resources in the library as a distance student the only reference material i found was in print form and there was just not enough time for it to get to me. Moodle evaluation Make fewer changes to the course material. If possible ensure everything is available by week 1. This is difficult when conferences restrict my availability.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the historical development of mining methods to determine the key factors that have improved the safety and productivity of mining operations.
  2. Assess the social, environmental and economic sustainability of Australian mining operations.
  3. Outline the acts and regulations associated with Australian law that impact on blast design and mineral processing for surface, underground, coal and metalliferous mining.
  4. Determine a suitable blast design for a coal or metalliferous deposit in a surface mining operation.
  5. Evaluate suitable mineral processing methods for the extraction, separation and concentration of various coal and metalliferous products.
  6. Demonstrate an effective and professional level of teamwork, communication and support for collaborative peer group learning through the use of forums, reflective journals and workbooks.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment      
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment      
4 - Portfolio

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication      
2. Problem Solving      
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence  
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment      
3 - Written Assessment      
4 - Portfolio  

Prescribed Textbooks

Introductory Mining Engineering
Author/s: Hartman, HL & Mutmansky, JM Year: 2002
Edition: 2nd edn Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
City: Hoboken State: NJ
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorBrendan Donnelly (b.donnelly@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to Mining

Chapter 1, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky

Reading in Week 1 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Course Introduction

Week 2 13-03-2017

Mine Development

Chapter 4, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 4.1 to 4.6

Chapter 6, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 6.1

Reading in Week 2 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Mine Development

Week 3 20-03-2017

Mining Methods

Chapter 7, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 7.1 to 7.5

Chapter 8, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky

Chapter 9, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 9.1 to 9.5

Chapter 10, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 10.1 to 10.5

Chapter 11, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 11.1 to 11.5

Chapter 12, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 12.1 to 12.4

Reading in Week 3 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Mining Methods

Week 4 27-03-2017

Mine Surveying

Reading in Week 4 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Mine Surveying

Assignment 1 Due Monday (27 Mar 17) 08:00 AM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Mine Planning

Chapter 6, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 6.2 to 6.5

Chapter 7, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 7.7

Chapter 9, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 9.6

Chapter 10, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 10.6and 10.7

Chapter 11, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Sections 4.1 to 4.6

Reading in Week 5 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Mine Planning

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Blast Design
Reading in Week 6 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Blast Design

Week 7 24-04-2017

Mine Ventilation and Mine Environmental Hazards

Chapter 12, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Section 12.5

Reading in Week 7 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Mine Ventilation

Week 8 01-05-2017

Mining and the Environment

Chapter 2, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Section 2.4

Reading in Week 8 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Mining and the Environment

Assignment 2 Due Monday (01 May 17) 08:00 AM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Health and Safety

Chapter 2, Introductory Mining Engineering, Hartman & Mutmansky, Section 2.3

Reading in Week 9 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Health and Safety

Week 10 15-05-2017

Introduction to Mineral Processing

Reading in Week 10 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Introduction to Mineral Processing

Week 11 22-05-2017

Metallurgical Processing

Reading in Week 11 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Metallurgical Processing

Week 12 29-05-2017

Hydrometallurgical Processing

Reading in Week 12 Moodle Block

Blackboard Collaborate Session - Hydrometallurgical Processing

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Assignment 3 Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 08:00 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

This assessment is designed to strengthen your understanding of the historical development of mining methods and their social, environmental and economic impacts on Australian society. You will need to carefully review the material provided in moodle and to answer the questions in the assignment.

In order to achieve this you will need to:

  • review the detailed assignment questions found in Moodle
  • review relevant literature (textbooks, websites, etc) to gain a broad understanding of costs, processes and procedures associated with sampling and testing rocks.
  • research the primary literature to locate relevant current primary sources (scientific journal articles written in the last 3 years)
  • complete the assignment questions in your own words that makes effective use of the sources of information

Your assignment should be produced in an electronic format using word, excel and pdf documents. Submit your assignment through the assessment link on Moodle.

Note: All submissions are processed through the similarity detection software (called Turnitin), hence the requirement to submit the documents as pdf files. You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.

Assessment Due Date Week 4 Monday (27-Mar-2017) 08:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Use clear, coherent sentences.

Where appropriate, include clearly labelled diagrams.

Ensure photographs, pictures and diagrams are correctly labelled, introduced and referred to within the text of the answer.

Ensure formulae and workings are shown in sufficient detail to clearly explain how the answer was derived.

Answers should show correct units of measure eg. (m, MN, m2, tonnes, m3, oC, etc).

Correctly cite and reference sources of information. Include a list of references at the end of the assignment.

Use mining and mineral processing terminology correctly.

Refer to assignment specific assessment criteria listed in Moodle for further details.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Analyse the historical development of mining methods to determine the key factors that have improved the safety and productivity of mining operations.

2. Assess the social, environmental and economic sustainability of Australian mining operations.

3. Outline the acts and regulations associated with Australian law that impact on blast design and mineral processing for surface, underground, coal and metalliferous mining.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description

This assessment is designed to strengthen your understanding of the technical aspects of mining associated with drilling and fragmentation, mining acts and regulations and ventilation. You will need to carefully review the material provided in moodle and to answer the questions in the assignment.

In order to achieve this you will need to:

  • review the detailed assignment questions found in Moodle
  • review relevant literature (textbooks, websites, etc) to gain a broad understanding of costs, processes and procedures associated with sampling and testing rocks.
  • research the primary literature to locate relevant current primary sources (scientific journal articles written in the last 3 years)
  • complete the assignment questions in your own words that makes effective use of the sources of information

Your assignment should be produced in an electronic format using word, excel and pdf documents. Submit your assignment through the assessment link on Moodle.

Note: All submissions are processed through the similarity detection software (called Turnitin), hence the requirement to submit the documents as pdf files. You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Monday (01-May-2017) 08:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria

Use clear, coherent sentences.

Where appropriate, include clearly labelled diagrams.

Ensure photographs, pictures and diagrams are correctly labelled, introduced and referred to within the text of the answer.

Ensure formulae and workings are shown in sufficient detail to clearly explain how the answer was derived.

Answers should show correct units of measure eg. (m, MN, m2, tonnes, m3, oC, etc).

Correctly cite and reference sources of information. Include a list of references at the end of the assignment.

Use mining and mineral processing terminology correctly.

Refer to assignment specific assessment criteria listed in Moodle for further details.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

2. Assess the social, environmental and economic sustainability of Australian mining operations.

3. Outline the acts and regulations associated with Australian law that impact on blast design and mineral processing for surface, underground, coal and metalliferous mining.

4. Determine a suitable blast design for a coal or metalliferous deposit in a surface mining operation.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 3
Task Description

This assessment is designed to strengthen your understanding of the technical aspects of mining and mineral processing. You will need to carefully review the material provided in moodle and to answer the questions in the assignment.

In order to achieve this you will need to:

  • review the detailed assignment questions found in Moodle
  • review relevant literature (textbooks, websites, etc) to gain a broad understanding of costs, processes and procedures associated with sampling and testing rocks.
  • research the primary literature to locate relevant current primary sources (scientific journal articles written in the last 3 years)
  • complete the assignment questions in your own words that makes effective use of the sources of information

Your assignment should be produced in an electronic format using word, excel and pdf documents. Submit your assignment through the assessment link on Moodle.

Note: All submissions are processed through the similarity detection software (called Turnitin), hence the requirement to submit the documents as pdf files. You must ensure that all of the work is your own, in line with University requirements.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 08:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 45%
Assessment Criteria

Use clear, coherent sentences.

Where appropriate, include clearly labelled diagrams.

Ensure photographs, pictures and diagrams are correctly labelled, introduced and referred to, within the text of the answer.

Ensure formulae and workings are shown in sufficient detail to clearly explain how the answer was derived.

Answers should show correct units of measure eg. (m, MN, m2, tonnes, m3, oC, etc).

Correctly cite and reference sources of information. Include a list of references at the end of the assignment.

Use mining and mineral processing terminology correctly.

Refer to assignment specific assessment criteria listed in Moodle for further details.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 40%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Outline the acts and regulations associated with Australian law that impact on blast design and mineral processing for surface, underground, coal and metalliferous mining.

4. Determine a suitable blast design for a coal or metalliferous deposit in a surface mining operation.

5. Evaluate suitable mineral processing methods for the extraction, separation and concentration of various coal and metalliferous products.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



4 Portfolio

Assessment Title Learning Portfolio
Task Description

The learning portfolio provides you with an opportunity to reflect on what you are learning. You will record in the learning portfolio, notes on any work and reading that is relevant to the learning outcomes detailed in the course profile. You will record and demonstrate evidence of all of the learning outcomes detailed for this course, particularly teamwork, cultural sensitivity and ethical values. The learning portfolio provides you with an opportunity to discuss your learning experiences online. It is also a record of websites, texts and journal articles that may be useful for future reference in your career in mining.

With each assignment submitted you will also submit an updated version of your learning portfolio. There are three elements to the portfolio,

  1. Study Diary
  2. Learning Reflections
  3. Interactions

Each element should contain updates when submitted with an assignment.

Maintain a learning journal while you are working on this course. Spend the last 5 minutes of any study session updating your learning journal.

Reflect on your learning and record what you have been working on. Record your work and background reading that is completed as part of the preparation for submitting an assignment.

Record your online discussions and interactions and map them to the learning outcomes for this course.

Record and demonstrate evidence of all of the learning outcomes detailed for this course, particularly teamwork, cultural sensitivity and ethical values.

Assessment Due Date A copy of your updated learning portfolio should be submitted with each assignment submission.
Return Date to Students Your Learning Portfolio will be returned with comments with your marked assignments.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

With each assignment submitted you will also submit an updated version of your learning portfolio. There are three elements to the portfolio,

  1. Study Diary
  2. Learning Reflections
  3. Interactions

Each element should contain updates when submitted with an assignment.

Maintain a learning journal while you are working on this course. Spend the last 5 minutes of any study session updating your learning journal.

Reflect on your learning and record what you have been working on. Record your work and background reading that is completed as part of the preparation for submitting an assignment.

Record your online discussions and interactions and map them to the learning outcomes for this course.

Record and demonstrate evidence of all of the learning outcomes detailed for this course, particularly teamwork, cultural sensitivity and ethical values.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Analyse the historical development of mining methods to determine the key factors that have improved the safety and productivity of mining operations.

2. Assess the social, environmental and economic sustainability of Australian mining operations.

3. Outline the acts and regulations associated with Australian law that impact on blast design and mineral processing for surface, underground, coal and metalliferous mining.

4. Determine a suitable blast design for a coal or metalliferous deposit in a surface mining operation.

5. Evaluate suitable mineral processing methods for the extraction, separation and concentration of various coal and metalliferous products.

6. Demonstrate an effective and professional level of teamwork, communication and support for collaborative peer group learning through the use of forums, reflective journals and workbooks.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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