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Unit Overview


Mining provides vital resources for modern societies and is a substantial contributor to the economy of many countries around the world. This unit explores the interface between mining operations and groundwater systems. Topics covered include mine water balance, mine dewatering assessment, mine water disposal strategies and mine closure. This unit has been developed in consultation with Industry to provide a robust understanding of scientific approaches and Industry best-practice. The learning content is suitable for students with a sound understanding of groundwater systems and groundwater assessment approaches, who want to develop their understanding of water in mining.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe and explain groundwater-related processes and practices at mining operations; (2) evaluate the influence of mining operations on groundwater systems; and (3) develop and assess groundwater management strategies for mining operations.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) a written report summarizing an assessment of groundwater-related impacts of mining and associated water management strategies.; and (3) a presentation on a key topic related to groundwater in mining. 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)
Dr Jim McCallum
Unit rules
Successful completion of
two Unit(s) GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems
and Unit(s) GEOS5501 Groundwater Flow Modelling
Contact hours
workshops: up to 4 hours per week for 8 weeks
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.