MINE4503 Surface Mining

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit covers methods of surface mining and their development; how to understand some basic mine planning concepts including cut-off grades, pit optimisation and scheduling; how to understand methods of blasting and how blasts are designed; and how to efficiently express technical information verbally and orally. Mine design software is used during practical classes and assignments.
Students are able to (1) communicate effectively in written format; (2) communicate effectively verbally; (3) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy; (4) demonstrate technical competence and skills relevant to the design of open pit mining operations; and (5) explain methods of blasting and the fundamentals of blast design.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group project; (2) assignment; 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)
Associate Professor Ali Karrech
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) (Mining Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: none
Advisable prior study:
for MPE (Mining Engineering specialisation): ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies
MINE4161 Mine Design, MINE5503 Surface Mining
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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