MINING 7071 - Mining Systems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

This course presents a systems approach to the principles, design and application of the major surface and underground mining methods together with the associated equipment, services and infrastructure.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MINING 7071
    Course Mining Systems
    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
    Assessment Quiz 1 (20%); Quiz 2 (20%); Tutorials (20%); Exam (40%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Murat Karakus

    Dr. Murat Karakus

    Engineering North, Room N151
    School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
    The University of Adelaide

    Tel: (08) 8313 6471
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Identify, assess and select mining methods appropriate to specific types of deposits
    2 Appraise mining methods with respect to productivity, safety, efficiency, risks, and sustainability
    3 Describe and illustrate major mining methods and their related equipment, supporting infrastructure, key performance drivers, and constraints
    4 Be conversant with the key principles of a systems approach to mining, and be able to describe a mining operation in terms of an array of interrelated processes and systems
    5 Demonstrate awareness of the major technological trends in mining methods and equipment

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   1.6   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.1   3.2   3.3   3.4   3.5   3.6   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    §  Darling, P (ed.) 2011, SME Mining Engineers Handbook – 3rd Edition, SME, Littleton.

    §  Hartman H.L. and Mutmansky J.M., 2002, Introductory Mining Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersy.

    § Gertsch, RE & Bullock, RL (eds.) 1998, Techniques in Underground Mining: Selections from Underground Mining Methods Handbook, SME, Littleton.

    §  Hustrulid, WA, Kuchta, M & Martin, RK (eds.) 2014, Open Pit Mine Planning and Design – 3rd Edition, CRC Press/Balkema, Leiden.

    §  Kennedy, BA (ed.), 1990, Surface Mining – 2nd Edition, SME, Littleton.
    Online Learning
    Selected readings as well as other supporting materials can be accessed on-line on MyUni, the Learning & Teaching Management System.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    1) Lectures: This course combines active learning activities with traditional lecture-based teaching.

    2) Tutorials: The lectures will be supported by weekly in-class tutorials to provide students with the opportunity to solve questions related to various topics.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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 Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Quiz 1 20 Individual Summative Weeks 6 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Quiz 2 20 Individual Summative Weeks 12 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Tutorials 20 Individual Summative Weeks 1-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Final Exam 40 Individual Summative Exam Week Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. a. i    1. a. ii    1. a. iii   
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Late Submissions

    Late submissions will in most cases receive a zero mark. A late submission will only be allowed when a deferred deadline has been approved by the course coordinator prior to due date because of medical or extenuating circumstances. This will require documented evidence (e.g. medical certificate, etc.).

    Tutorial Portfolio

    Students will need to submit their worked tutorials at the end of each session. Each submission will be added to their individual portfolio. Marking of the tutorials will be based on the completeness of the portfolio. The first 15 minutes of each tutorial will be used to discuss the previous tutorial’s solutions. Solutions of each tutorial will be given to students a week later and not on the same day. The portfolio will be worth 20% of the total course mark.

    No information currently available.

    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.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

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

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