ENSC3011 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Civil specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Environmental specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mining specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit is an introduction to the technologies used to extract minerals from the ground. Topics include the fundamentals of the geology of mineral resources, typical operational processes and design considerations for open pit and underground mining. A field trip is made to an operational mine near Perth.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) apply critical thinking and information literacy (locate and evaluate sources of information for assignments); (2) produce high quality written communications; (3) apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals; (4) distinguish the fundamental technologies employed in the common methods of surface and underground mining; (5) determine appropriate equipment (in size and quantity) to apply to an excavation scenario; and (6) explain the multidisciplinary nature of mining engineering, and the various roles of engineers within these operations.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class quizzes; (2) assignment; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall 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
Prerequisites:
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods or Mathematics Methods ATAR
Contact hours
lectures: 4 hours per week; practical classes: 1 hours per week
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