Mineral Resource Development minor

This minor builds STEM skills required to work in the mineral resources industry, a critical export industry that underpins the economy of Western Australia and Australia's GDP. This minor is ideal for students majoring in disciplines such as commerce, law, psychology and social sciences, who are considering employment opportunities in the resources sector. An understanding of mineral resources is developed in this minor to support knowledge-led professional contributions to the minerals industry. The minor teaches key scientific skills in data analysis and interpretation applied to relevant, industry-aligned problems. Alongside core knowledge, the minor also offers diverse WIL opportunities, e.g. in geoscience (that may include fieldwork), resource evaluation and mine site rehabilitation.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of core geological concepts and processes relevant to the science of mineral resources; (2) make reliable observations of common Earth materials and combine observations with core concepts to understand the formation of mineral resources in a complex global system; (3) apply a systems-based view to gain an understanding of the challenges of mineral resources through their life cycle; and (4) demonstrate STEM skills in data gathering and analysis, resource estimation and geostatistics, data synthesis, writing and presentation.

Unit sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

This minor commences in Semester 2 to honour the prequisites required for progression through the minor.

Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 EART1104 Discovering Earth
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 EART2231 Earth Materials
Prerequisites:
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 EART3351 Mineral Resources
Prerequisites:
EART2231 Earth Materials
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MINE4405 Mineral Resources
Group A—select 6 Points from either Group A or Group B:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
NS EART2232 Field Geology
Prerequisites:
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
Co-requisites:
EART2231 Earth Materials
Incompatibility:
Nil
Group B—select 6 Points from either Group A or Group B:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 ENVT3339 Land Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
6 Points Unit ENVT2236 Soil Science (ID 5793)
Or
EART2231 Earth Materials (ID 1272)
Or
EART2234 Earth Processes (ID 1527)
Or
ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management (ID 1279)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil