MINE4401 Underground Mining 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers mining methods and equipment; the mining cycle; mining method selection; ground control; drilling and blasting; mining in high stress and seismically active conditions; shafts and declines; materials handling; and ventilation (primary and secondary ventilation circuits). The unit includes a field trip to some underground mines. This trip is likely to last a few days, during the semester study break. Accommodation and food costs are borne by the students, and students must sign a student code of conduct before attending, and observe health and safety instructions.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy (locate and evaluate sources of information); (2) communicate effectively in writing according to the conventions of the discipline; (3) practise enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline; (4) demonstrate technical competence and skills relevant to the design and operation of underground mines; (5) describe the key considerations associated with the development of an underground mine; and (6) identify the major problems associated with underground mining and use systematic methods to resolve these issues.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment 1; (2) assignment 2; and (3) a final examination. 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
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics, CIVL2122 Geomechanics
ENSC3009 Geomechanics
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies
MINE3162 Underground Mining 1
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - $50 per night (2-3nights)).
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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