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Unit Overview


This unit reviews the principles of extraction of metals from their ores. The unit is created in order to extend knowledge in engineering of ore processing and optimisation. By learning extractive metallurgy, students are able to participate in operations, design, research and development of the processes for ore beneficiation and metal extraction. Topics covered include thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, kinetics and mechanism of metallurgical reactions and systems, mineral processing (ore beneficiation), hydrometallurgical, pyrometallurgical and electrometallurgical processes. There are opportunities to be involved in process design by working in multidisciplinary engineering teams, and there may be additional opportunities for basic participation in scientific research teams.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) work effectively in teams; (2) communicate effectively in written technical reports; (3) exchange technical information through sourcing relevant literature; (4) demonstrate effective group presentation skills; (5) practise enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline; (6) explain thermodynamics and kinetics of metallurgical processes; (7) apply stoichiometric calculations to metallurgical reactions; (8) discuss meaning, design and interpretation of test-work; and (9) explain process flow-sheet design criteria.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) technical report and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Slobodanka Vukcevic
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
Chemical Engineering specialisation
or Mechanical Engineering specialisation
or Mining Engineering specialisation
or or
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
96 points and ( ENSC1004 Engineering Materials
or MINE2001 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering
Advisable prior study
ENSC1004 Engineering Materials (ID 7435)
or MINE2001 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering

Rosenqvist, T. Principles of Extractive Metallurgy, international edn: McGraw-Hill 2004

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