UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Civil specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Environmental specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mining specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit is an introduction to the technologies used to extract minerals from the ground. Topics include the fundamentals of the geology of mineral resources, typical operational processes and design considerations for open pit and underground mining. A field trip is made to an operational mine near Perth.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy (locate and evaluate sources of information for assignments); (2) produce high quality written communications; (3) apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals; (4) demonstrate understanding of the fundamental technologies employed in the common methods of surface and underground mining; (5) determine appropriate equipment (in size and quantity) to apply to an excavation scenario; and (6) demonstrate understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of mining engineering, and the various roles of engineers within these operations.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignment and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall 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
Prerequisites: completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major
Incompatibility: MINE3161 Surface Mining, MINE5503 Surface Mining (only for students who completed the unit in 2013)
Contact hours lectures: 4 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hours per week
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/ENSC3011/SEM-2/2017
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