MINE5501 Mining Management

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit deals with the theory of exhaustible resources; project appraisal; government policies; royalties; export controls; and economics impact analyses. It also covers the Mining Act and Mines Safety and Inspection Act; duties of care; roles and responsibilities; environmental and native title issues; and occupational health and safety.
Students are able to (1) explain the basic Pareto model of efficient resource allocation and the way that this underpins economic thinking in analysing natural resource and environmental problems.; (2) discuss market failure and externalities approaches to environmental management and the way environmental management underpins tax and standards approaches to policy.; (3) evaluate the role that markets can play in allocating environmental resources and why policies such as transferable entitlements are now favoured in many areas.; (4) assess irreversibility in resource use and its implications for making decisions about the preservation versus exploitation of resources.; (5) apply the basic economic principles underpinning the analysis of the optimal extraction of non renewable resources.; (6)
critique the role that cost benefit analysis and the valuation of environmental benefits and costs plays in policy decisions.; and (7)
evaluate the natural resource management problem and match the appropriate theory to the problem in the design of appropriate policy solutions..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) in-class quizzes; 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)
(MINE3161 Surface Mining
MINE4503 Surface Mining
MINE5503 Surface Mining)
(MINE3162 Underground Mining 1
MINE4401 Underground Mining 1);

for pre-2012 courses: MINE3162 Underground Mining 1
MINE4401 Underground Mining 1

Advisable prior study:
ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies
MINE4165 Mining Management
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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