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MINE4405 Mineral Resources

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Content
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.
Outcomes
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..
Assessment
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
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering specialisation)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3011 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering (formerly Resource Extraction Technologies)
Incompatibility:
EART3351 Mineral Resources
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