ENAR12004 - Mine Management and Safety
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces students to mine operations and mine management systems and the application of mine management principles. It outlines the practice of mining related industrial relations and mine safety. Students are expected to develop an understanding of mine health and safety management systems and the teamwork and communication skills necessary to implement such systems in the mining industries.

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 25%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 40%
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
This course provided a good range of topics to help understnad management and safety and health in the mining industry Have your say We will continue, enhancing the course quality by introducing more topics within after hour Blackboard collaborate sessions.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss mine management systems
  2. Apply the principles of mine management to given mine related situations and issues
  3. Explain the purpose, structure, design and operation of mining organizations
  4. Discuss the practice of industrial relations in mine management and mine operations
  5. Discuss and explain the relevant Mine Safety and Inspections Acts and Regulations
  6. Assess mine organizational risk management
  7. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning

On successful completion of this unit , students should be able to:

  1. Discuss mine management systems. [1,3,7,8]
  2. Apply the principles of mine management to given mine related situations and issues. [1,3,7,10]
  3. Explain the purpose, structure, design and operation of mining organizations. [1,3,7,8,9,10]
  4. Discuss the practice of industrial relations in mine management and mine operations. [1,3,7,8,9,10]
  5. Discuss and explain the relevant Mine Safety and Inspections Acts and Regulations. [1,3,7,8,9,10]
  6. Assess mine organizational risk management. [1,3,7,8,9,10]
  7. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning. [2,5,6,9,10]

The following are the abbreviated Course Graduate Attributes that the unit is offered in. The above learning outcomes contribute to the ADMine Tech Graduate Attributes as designated by [ ]:

ADEng GAs

1. science and engineering

2. communicate effectively

3. technical support competence

4. simple problem resolution

5. standards and codes of practice

6. function as a team member

7. social, cultural, global and environmental

8. sustainable design and development.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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 7
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

Mine managers' handbook
Author/s: Brian White, John Stuart Ferguson Dunlop Year: 2012
Edition: Publisher: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
City: Carlton State: Victoria
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Mine Health and Safety Management
Author/s: Michael Karmis Year: 2001
Edition: Illustrated Publisher: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc.
City: Littleton State: Colorado
Country: United States
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library.

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 CoordinatorMehdi Mirzababaei (m.mirzababaei@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 course Mine Managers' Handbook:Foreword, Introduction pp iii-xi
Week 2 13-03-2017 Mining Organisation Design, Purpose and Structure Mine Managers' Handbook:Chapter 1: Sections 1.1-1.3, pp 3-36
Week 3 20-03-2017 Organisational Structure Mine Managers' Handbook: Chapter 1: Sections 1.4-1.6, pages:37-47,Chapter 5, Section 5.2.1, pages: 133-135.
Week 4 27-03-2017 Safety Management Mine Managers' Handbook:Chapter 2: Sections 2.1-2.5, pages: 51-77
Week 5 03-04-2017 Principal Hazard Management Mine Managers' Handbook:Chapter 2: Section 2.6, pages: 77-83,Section 7.1.4, pages: 290-295, Section 7.4.2, pages: 334-337 Assignment 1 and Learning Portfolio 1
Assignment 1 Due Monday (03 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Environmental Management Mine Managers' Handbook:Chapter 3: pages: 87-106
Week 7 24-04-2017 Legislation Mine Managers' Handbook:Chapter 7: Section 7.1, pages: 284-305

Assignment 2 and Learning Portfolio 2

Assignment 2 Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017 Production/Operations Management Mine Managers' Handbook: Chapter 7: Sections 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, pages: 326-353
Week 9 08-05-2017 Reporting Systems Mine Managers' Handbook:Chapter 7: Section 7.8, pages: 356-366
Week 10 15-05-2017 Leadership and Ethics Mine Managers' Handbook:
Chapter 1: Section 1.5, pages: 39-44
Week 11 22-05-2017 Industrial Relations Mine Managers' Handbook:Chapter 5
Week 12 29-05-2017 Course Review Assignment 3 and Learning Portfolio 3
Assignment 3 Due Monday (29 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Lecturer: Mr. Brendan Donnelly (b.donnelly@cqu.edu.au) Office: (07)49407853 -Ext: 57853

Course Coordinator: Dr. Mehdi Mirzababaei (m.mirzababaei@cqu.edu.au) (03)96160626 -Ext: 50626

Please contact us either by email or phone calls within weekdays from 9:00 to 17:00

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

Assessment Scenario:

Students undergoing this course of study shall be assessed on their knowledge through the completion of three assignments. The purpose of this preamble is to set the scene so that students gain an overall understanding of what is expected from them in completing the assignments.
In order to do this we will now set the framework in which the assignments are to be completed and how each assignment is designed to build on the previous one so that when all assignments are complete, the student will have completed a preliminary report on implementing a mine management and safety strategy for a new mining operation that incorporates contemporary management processes aimed at ensuring that the mine, once in operation, has a quality management system that will underpin a safe system of work.

The scenario for the assignments is that you have been seconded to a Project Management Team that is establishing a new green-field mining venture. The mine is a Pty Ltd stand alone company called Horizon Mining and it is not connected to any other business entity in any way. Accordingly, you are not restricted in your approach by any management systems already in place at other mining operations.
Other members of the Project Management Team are working on such things as mine design, feasibility studies, exploration and land access, so you should not concern yourself with these aspects.

Each individual report should aim to inform the Project Management Team of their options, therefore they should not focus on one specific aspect. Should project management accept all or part of the preliminary report, they plan to commission a much more detailed report on the aspects raised in the preliminary report. Consequently it is important that you provide a rationale in order to support your recommendations.
All reports should be directed to:

Mr Brendan Donnelly,
Project Manager,
New Horizon Mining Pty Ltd

Each assignment should be presented in a report format to senior management and should include an executive summary, an introduction, body, recommendations, references and appendices. And also each assignment should stand alone.

Details:

You are required to provide a report to Project Management on the following:
  • The recommended organisational structure for the new mining operation. In your report you should provide the background on several options. You should recommend the ideal organisational structure and provide a detailed rationale for your choice.
  • Explain the need for management systems and how they can assist the new mining venture in establishing and maintaining a safe and productive workplace. You should identify at least 4 separate management systems.
  • For each system you need to discuss who is responsible for implementing, monitoring and updating the system. The systems identify problems with the mine safety or productivity. Describe the processes that will be put in place to address identified problems.
Assessment Due Date Week 5 Monday (03-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017)
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria
  • The marks for this assignment are allocated to 40% for content, 30% for coherence, 15% for style and structure and 15% for referencing.
  • You should use clear, coherent sentences.
  • The organisational structure will require a clear diagram that is referred to within the text (probably more than once).
  • You should include supporting detail of the purpose of the organisational structure.
  • You should include the rationale for choosing a particular type of organisational structure.
  • You should describe your reasons for recommending a particular organisational structure and how it supports the functions and principles of management.
  • You should describe at least four management systems and how they can help to establish and to maintain a safe and productive mine site. Management systems should at least cover Mine Safety Management Plan or System, Environmental Management Plan or system, Mine Reporting System and a Maintenance Management System.
  • You should include an explanation of which department managers are responsible for implementing and maintaining each system.
  • You also need to describe some processes for dealing with anomalies or identified problems. The processes should resolve problems and communicate outcomes to mine personnel.
  • Your sources of information should be correctly cited within the text and a list of references must be included at the end of the answer (under a separate heading).
  • Mining terminologies must be used correctly.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Use Turnitin and Moodle site to submit assignments.

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

1. Discuss mine management systems

2. Apply the principles of mine management to given mine related situations and issues

3. Explain the purpose, structure, design and operation of mining organizations

4. Discuss the practice of industrial relations in mine management and mine operations

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

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description

Your initial report has been accepted by senior project management. Project management has some concerns in relation to ensuring that the mine meets the legislative requirements for operating in Australia. They would like you to develop a proposal that will ensure mine management are aware of their legal responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Safety Management Plan, including a principal hazard management plan. Identify safety procedures that will be followed in the event of a fatality. Procedures should address questions of the following types:
    • Who will be responsible for contacting police?
    • Who will be responsible for securing the site?
    • What backup procedures are required if key personnel are unavailable?
  • Environmental management processes that will not only comply with the intent and the spirit of the relevant legislation, but will encourage all mine site personnel to view environmental protection and cultural awareness as critical components of their everyday duties. You should aim to support your recommendations by citing relevant sections of the legislation that govern your industry.

Your report should also identify any other safety related legislation the mine manager needs to be aware of and the responsibilities they may have under this legislation.

Project management has asked you to provide a report of at least 2000 words that will ensure mine management are fully aware of their safety and environmental responsibilities under State and Federal legislation.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017)
Weighting 35%
Assessment Criteria
  • The mark for this assignment will be allocated to 40% for content, 30% for coherence, 15% for style and structure and 15% for referencing.
  • Use clear coherent sentences. Use correct mining terminology.
  • The safety management plan should at least meet the requirements of the Queensland Coal Mining Act and Regulations.
  • A specific section of the report should explain exactly what needs to happen in the event of a fatality on the mine site.
  • The environmental section of the report should describe suitable processes for monitoring and reporting incidents that impact on the environment.
  • The processes should refer to and meet all the requirements of the Queensland Environmental Protection Act.
  • Other Queensland safety related legislation the mine manager may need to be aware of includes the Explosives Act 1999 and the Radiation Safety Act 1999.
  • All sources of information should be correctly cited within the text and a list of references must be included at the end of the answer (under a separate heading).
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Discuss mine management systems

2. Apply the principles of mine management to given mine related situations and issues

3. Explain the purpose, structure, design and operation of mining organizations

4. Discuss the practice of industrial relations in mine management and mine operations

6. Assess mine organizational risk management

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 3
Task Description

Once again your report has been accepted by project management. Senior project management believes that in order to ensure a safe and productive workplace mine management will require detailed guidance for setting up a suitable mine reporting system. They will also require clear expectations of what leadership in the workplace will look like on a day to day basis. Finally they will need guidance on setting up a suitable Enterprise Agreement for the mining operation.

Senior project management have now requested a further report (of at least 2500 words) to cover the following options:

  • A review of several different mine reporting systems. Highlight the desirable features of each system and recommend a suitable system with appropriate justifications based on how well the system fits the organisational structure that you recommended in your initial report.
  • A leadership development plan. Your plan will describe the type of behaviour you would expect good mine leadership to demonstrate. You will then describe a process that attempts to identify potential leaders in the workforce. The plan will also describe how good leadership will be rewarded and promoted as a positive and valued quality by all mine personnel.
  • A plan for implementing an Enterprise Agreement to meet the needs of the proposed mining operation. At this stage Project Management is not interested in the content of the agreement, just the process that they are required to follow in legally establishing an agreement. They are particularly interested in ensuring compliance with the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard.
  • As this is a preliminary report there is no need to assess costs or develop a schedule. The purpose of this report is to provide the necessary information to allow mine management to make an informed decision about the pros and cons of selecting a suitable mine reporting system, implementing a leadership development plan, and implementing an enterprise bargaining agreement.
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The marks for this assignment will be allocated to 40% for content, 30% for coherence, 15% for style and structure and 15% for referencing. Use clear coherent sentences. Mining terminology must be used correctly.

  • Your review should reference at least three different mine reporting system websites.
  • You should include at least one table that provides a convenient comparison of the features identified for each mine reporting system.
  • Developing an in-house reporting system is a suitable option to consider but needs to specify the advantages and disadvantages and justify the inclusion (or exclusion) of features.
  • The reporting systems suitability should be justified by how well it aligns with the organisational structure that you recommended in assignment 1.
  • The leadership development plan will include a clear description of what leadership looks like for several different roles in the mining operation. These roles might include the senior site executive, the shift supervisor and the truck operator.
  • The plan should describe how good leaders will be identified and how good leadership will be rewarded without causing ill filling in the workplace.
  • Detail of the processes required to be followed to establish an enterprise bargaining agreement. Describe how an enterprise agreement can meet the requirements of the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard.
  • Correctly cite sources of information within the text.
  • Include a list of references at the end of the answer (under a separate heading).
  • References should include relevant mining act and regulations, Fair Pay and Conditions Standard, other relevant legislation, etc.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Discuss mine management systems

2. Apply the principles of mine management to given mine related situations and issues

3. Explain the purpose, structure, design and operation of mining organizations

4. Discuss the practice of industrial relations in mine management and mine operations

5. Discuss and explain the relevant Mine Safety and Inspections Acts and Regulations

6. Assess mine organizational risk management

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

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Portfolio

Assessment Title 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 An updated version of the portfolio will be submitted with each assignment.
Return Date to Students Feedback will be provided on an as required basis.
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

The learning portfolio is a word document containing three elements

  1. Study Diary
  2. Learning Reflections
  3. Interactions

Each element should have additional entries when submitted with a newly completed assignment.

By the end of the course every learning outcome in the learning reflections element requires an entry describing evidence of that learning outcome.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

7. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning

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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