MINE5501 Mining Management

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit deals with the theory of exhaustible resources; project appraisal; government policies; royalties; export controls; and economics impact analyses. It also covers the Mining Act and Mines Safety and Inspection Act; duties of care; roles and responsibilities; environmental and native title issues; and occupational health and safety.
Students are able to (1) communicate effectively in written form; (2) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy (locate and evaluate sources of information for assignments); (3) practise enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline; (4) discuss the production and sale of commodities in an international marketplace, the role of recycling; company and national resource inventories; product quality; greenhouse implications of solid fuels; market requirements for quality and for quality assessment and its role in determining payments, royalties, strategic development and market trends; (5) critically discuss social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of the professional engineer, and the need for sustainable development; and (6) demonstrate knowledge of the Mining Act and Mines Safety and Health Act, duties of care, roles and responsibilities, case histories, environmental and native title issues, occupational health and safety—principles, and application to the mineral industry and to mine sites in particular.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) module 1 essay; (2) module 2 assignment; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Richard Durham
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation)
(MINE3161 Surface Mining
MINE4503 Surface Mining
MINE5503 Surface Mining)
(MINE3162 Underground Mining 1
MINE4401 Underground Mining 1);

for pre-2012 courses: MINE3162 Underground Mining 1
MINE4401 Underground Mining 1

Advisable prior study:
ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies
MINE4165 Mining Management
Unit Outline
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.