Studying online

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Unit Overview


The aim in this unit is to provide students with the capability to select and evaluate the appropriate underground mining method, together with its associated equipment, services and infrastructure, for a given deposit. To achieve this, a systems-approach is implemented to the principles, design and application of the major underground mining methods, such as sublevel stoping, cut-and-fill mining, narrow vein mining, and caving methods.

During the semester, there may be a field trip to some underground mines if the conditions allow it. This trip is likely to last a few days, during the semester study break. Accommodation and food costs are borne by the students, and students must sign a student code of conduct before attending and observe health and safety instructions.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline Restricted

Students are able to (1) select mining methods appropriate to specific types of deposits; (2) appraise mining methods with respect to productivity, safety, efficiency, risks and sustainability; (3) describe major mining methods and their related equipment, supporting infrastructure, performance drivers, and constraints; (4) apply the system approach principles to a mining operation; and (5) demonstrate awareness of the major technological trends in mining methods and



Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assignment; (2) group 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 Mehmet Cigla
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation
Advisable prior study
ENSC3011 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering (formerly Resource Extraction Technologies)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - $50 per night (2-3nights)).
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