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Unit Overview

This unit deals with the theory of exhaustible resources; project appraisal; government policies; royalties; export controls; and economics impact analyses. It also covers the Mining Act and Mines Safety and Inspection Act; duties of care; roles and responsibilities; environmental and native title issues; and occupational health and safety.
6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Students are able to (1) explain the basic Pareto model of efficient resource allocation and the way that this underpins economic thinking in analysing natural resource and environmental problems.; (2) discuss market failure and externalities approaches to environmental management and the way environmental management underpins tax and standards approaches to policy.; (3) evaluate the role that markets can play in allocating environmental resources and why policies such as transferable entitlements are now favoured in many areas.; (4) assess irreversibility in resource use and its implications for making decisions about the preservation versus exploitation of resources.; (5) apply the basic economic principles underpinning the analysis of the optimal extraction of non renewable resources.; (6)
critique the role that cost benefit analysis and the valuation of environmental benefits and costs plays in policy decisions.; and (7)
evaluate the natural resource management problem and match the appropriate theory to the problem in the design of appropriate policy solutions..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class quizzes; (2) essay; 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) and MINE4503 Surface Mining and MINE4401 Underground Mining 1)
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3011 Fundamentals of Mining Engineering (formerly Resource Extraction Technologies)
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