MINING 7071 - Mining Systems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

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 Quizzes; Tutorials; Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Murat Karakus

    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • 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
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Quiz 1 25 Individual Summative Week 6 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Individual Project Report 30 Individual Summative Weeks 9 1. 2. 3. 4. 5
    Individual Presentation & Interview 20 Individual Summative Weeks 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
    Quiz 2 25 Individual Summative Week 12  1. 2. 3. 4.
    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   

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment components are as below:

    1. Report: You are required to work on a project individually. The new list of projects is uploaded to MyUni. You
    are required to prepare a report and submit in week 9.

    2. Presentation and Interview: You will deliver an online presentation on your project. The presentation time is strictly 10 min. After the presentation, a short interview will be conducted for 10 min to examine your knowledge of mining systems topics. For the interview, you will be required to study lecture material.

    3. Two face-to-face or online quizzes will be conducted in weeks 6 & 12.

    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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