MINING 7070 - Resource Estimation

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Resource and reserve estimation of coal and metalliferous deposits. Geological influences on resource and reserve estimation. Basic resource/reserve reporting with particular reference to the JORC code. Orebody and block modelling. Mine planning process and roles of feasibility studies. Mining economics and business framework. Fundamental financial concepts for mining operations.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MINING 7070
    Course Resource Estimation
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Course Description Resource and reserve estimation of coal and metalliferous deposits. Geological influences on resource and reserve estimation. Basic resource/reserve reporting with particular reference to the JORC code. Orebody and block modelling. Mine planning process and roles of feasibility studies. Mining economics and business framework. Fundamental financial concepts for mining operations.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Chaoshui Xu

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    It is intended that upon successful completion of this module students will be able to:     

    · Appreciate the mine planning process and the impact of the economic environment on mining
    · Appreciate the role of feasibility studies in mine planning
    · Create coal and metalliferous resource models from exploration datasets using appropriate software tools and various estimation techniques
    · Appreciate the merits and drawbacks of various estimation methods relevant to specific mineral deposit types
    · Report resources and reserves using the JORC code
    · Demonstrate an appreciation of the time value of money, discount rate, commodity markets and rates of return
    · Explain the unique characteristics of mining and their implications for mine economics
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Course Texts:

        ·  Course reader
        ·  Lecture slides (available on MyUni)
        ·  Additional reading materials (available on MyUni)

    Reading list

    Software Tools

        ·  Microsoft Excel
        ·  Surfer 8
        ·  Geostatistics for Windows

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course uses a number of different teaching and learning approaches including:

    • Lectures
    • Problem-solving tutorials
    • Software demonstrations
    • Self-directed activities
    • Individual assignment
    • Group project
    • Quizzes
    • Examination
    Workload

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Start Due Weighting Hurdle rate
    Quiz 1 Week 4 Week 4 6% N/A
    Individual assessment Week 3A Week 5B 20% N/A
    Quiz 2 Week 7 Week 7 7% N/A
    Group project Week 7A Week 11A 20% N/A
    Quiz 3 Week 12 Week 12 7% N/A
    Final exam Exam period 40% 40%
    Total 100%


    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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