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Unit Overview


Mining engineers develop and operate mines to extract and process minerals economically, in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. This unit is an introduction to the technologies used to extract minerals from the ground. It is a required unit for mining engineering subjects and is suitable for those considering mining as a career option. It provides a foundation for the mining engineering discipline and will provide a good understanding of the mining industry. Topics include an overview of the geology of mineral resources, typical operational processes and design considerations for open pit and underground mining. A field trip may be made to an operational mine near Perth.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Mining Engineering major sequence

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class quizzes; (2) project assignments; and (3) 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)
Dr Adam Schwartzkopff
Unit rules
GENG1000 Engineering Practice 1
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
ENSC3011 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering
Contact hours
Lectures: 4 hours per week
Practicals: 1 hour per week
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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.