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
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
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 EART3351 Mineral Resources
Prerequisites:
EART2231 Earth Materials
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
Group B—select 6 Points from either Group A or Group B:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 ENVT3339 Land Rehabilitation
Prerequisites:
ENVT2236 Soil Science
or
EART2222 Geomorphology and Soils (formerly EART2222 Earth Surface Processes and Soils)
or
EART2231 Earth Materials
or
EART2234 Earth Processes
or
ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management (formerly ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology)
Incompatibility:
ENVT3333 Land and Water: Case Studies in Land and Water Management, ENVT8333 Land and Water: Case Studies in Land and Water Management, EART3339 Land Rehabilitation