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Unit Overview


"This unit comprises three modules: (1) mining governance; (2) mining economics; and (3) management leadership.

Governance Module (15%): This module covers the Mining Act and Mines Safety and Health Act; duties of care; roles and responsibilities; environmental and native title issues; and occupational health and safety.

Economics Module (70%): This module covers the theory of exhaustible resources; project appraisal; government policies; royalties; export controls; and economics impact analyses.

Leadership Module (15%): This module covers fundamental theory and skills of mining management leadership and how they are applied to the mining sector in the context of mining governance and economics. "

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

Students are able to (1) apply the Mining Act and Mines Safety and Health Act to the mineral industry and particularly in surface and underground mining operations.; (2) explain the basic Pareto model of efficient resource allocation and the way that this underpins economic thinking in analysing natural resource and environmental problems.; (3) discuss market failure and externalities approaches to environmental management and the way environmental management underpins tax and standards approaches to policy.; (4) evaluate the role that markets can play in allocating environmental resources and why policies such as transferable entitlements are now favoured in many areas.; (5) assess irreversibility in resource use and its implications for making decisions about the preservation versus exploitation of resources.; (6) apply the basic economic principles underpinning the analysis of the optimal extraction of non-renewable resources.; (7) critique the role that cost benefit analysis and the valuation of environmental benefits and costs plays in policy decisions.; (8) evaluate the natural resource management problem and match the appropriate theory to the problem in the design of appropriate policy solutions; (9) understand the fundamental theory and skills of mining management leadership; and (10) develop and apply leadership skills for the compliance of mining governance and the effective management of mining economics.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual assignment portfolio; (2) in-class quizzes; 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)
Professor Jishan Liu
Unit rules
Enrolment in
62550 Master of Professional Engineering
and MINE4503 Surface Mining
and MINE4401 Underground Mining 1

Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and MINE3503 Surface Mining
and MINE3401 Underground Mining 1
Contact hours
Lectures: 3 hours per week
Practicals: 3 hours per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.