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Unit Overview


This unit covers topics such as the distribution, origins and characteristics of mineral systems (gold, base metals, iron ore, alumina, mineral sands and coal), methods of exploration for them, and issues related to mining and extraction. It also covers topics in mineral resource modelling including geostatistics (variograms and kriging), wireframe modelling, block modelling, grade estimation and the JORC reporting code.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Mining Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) source reliable and accurate information on mineral resources and resource modelling; (2) explain the structure and geological setting of the world's main mineral resources; (3) describe the distribution, origins and characteristics of mineral systems (gold, base metals, iron ore, alumina, mineral sands and coal), methods of exploration for them and issues related to mining and extraction; (4) apply statistical and geostatistical methods to assessing various aspects of mineral resources; and (5) explain the basic techniques in mineral resource modelling using geostatistics (variograms and kriging), wireframes, block models, grade estimation and the JORC reporting code.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short in-class quizzes; (2) project assignment; 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
GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2
and MINE2001 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering (ID 8009)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
MINE4405 Mineral Resources (ID 2624)
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