UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

MINE4405 Mineral Resources

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit covers topics such as the distribution, origins and characteristics of mineral systems (gold, base metals, iron ore, alumina, mineral sands and coal), methods of exploration for them, and issues related to mining and extraction. It also covers topics in mineral resource modelling including geostatistics (variograms and kriging), wireframe modelling, block modelling, grade estimation and the JORC reporting code.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy (locate and evaluate sources of information for assignments); (2) practise enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline; (3) explain the structure and geological setting of the world's main mineral resources; (4) exhibit knowledge of topics such as the distribution, origins and characteristics of mineral systems (gold, base metals, iron ore, alumina, mineral sands and coal), methods of exploration for them and issues related to mining and extraction; (5) demonstrate the application of statistical and geostatistical methods to assessing various aspects of mineral resources; and (6) explain the basic techniques in mineral resource modelling including geostatistics (such as variograms and kriging), wireframe modelling, block modelling, grade estimation and the JORC reporting code. Resource modelling software may be used during tutorials and assignments..
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an assignment and (2) 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
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics or EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or EART1104 Introduction to Geology or CIVL2122 Geomechanics or ENSC3009 Geomechanics
Advisable prior study: ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies
Incompatibility: EART3351 Mineral Resources
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.ecm.uwa.edu.au/Units/MINE4405/SEM-1/2017

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