MINE4405 Mineral Resources
- 6 points
|Semester 1||UWA (Perth)||Face to face|
- 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.
- Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy (locate and evaluate sources of information for assignments); (2) practise enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline; (3) explain the structure and geological setting of the world's main mineral resources; (4) exhibit knowledge of 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; (5) demonstrate the application of statistical and geostatistical methods to assessing various aspects of mineral resources; and (6) explain the basic techniques in mineral resource modelling including geostatistics (such as variograms and kriging), wireframe modelling, block modelling, grade estimation and the JORC reporting code. Resource modelling software may be used during tutorials and assignments..
- 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.
Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Professor Richard Durham
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: CIVL2121 Engineering Geology and Geomechanics
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
- Advisable prior study:
- ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies
- EART3351 Mineral Resources
- Unit Outline
- Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.