ENVT5515 Environmental Management in Mining

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
As the mining sector expands, so do the impacts of mining and refining processes. The environmental impacts of mining activities must be managed carefully to balance stakeholder expectations and regulatory requirements with financial costs to the mining company. The overall aim of this course is to prepare students for careers in Environmental Management in mining contexts, either in consultant roles, in government agencies, or within industry. The unit first provides an introduction to the management of environmental impacts associated with mining and refining activities. Students will learn the basics of mining and refining processes, and how to identify and mitigate potential environmental impacts during mining and refining processes. The unit will involve working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team to create an environmental management plan for mine site and critically assessing management plans for suggesting improvements. The unit will also cover approaches to manage uncertainties (technology, expenses, stakeholder expectations) when developing management plans. A range of Australian and international case studies are used to illustrate the core content of the course with real world examples.
Students are able to (1) describe and compare the key stages of mining and refining processes for major commodities; (2) identify potential sources of environmental impact resulting from various stages of mining and refining processes, and develop appropriate mitigation strategies; (3) understand regulatory frameworks mining operation must conform to; (4) critically assess existing environmental management plans (EMPs) and suggest improvements; (5) work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams to develop environmental management plans; (6) apply the ‘triple bottom line' approach when formulating environmental management plans; and (7) identify and manage uncertainties and risks when developing environmental management plans.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) virtual field report; (2) literature review; and (3) group report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Talitha Santini
Unit rules
ENVT4421 Fundamentals of Environmental Management
Advisable prior study:
ENVT4422 Research Methods in Environmental Science
Contact hours
1x 2hr lectures per week
1x 2hr practicals per week
1 field trip
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