MINING 7106 - Hard Rock Mine Design & Feasibility

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course involves the development of a pre-feasibility study for a metalliferous mining project. Activities include: assessment of reserves, mining method selection, open pit and underground mine design, optimisation of surface and underground operations, geotechnical design, ventilation design, project risk assessment, production scheduling, equipment selection, cost estimation, financial technical model, sustainability. Students will make use of industry-standard mine design and optimisation software.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MINING 7106
    Course Hard Rock Mine Design & Feasibility
    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
    Assumed Knowledge MINING 3073 or MINING 7073
    Assessment Project report, final presentation, progress interviews
    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
    The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles of mine feasibility studies for metalliferous mine deposits. Students will be able to develop in this course skills for optimal mine design, production scheduling and for the preparation of a pre-feasibility study document.

    It is intended that upon successful completion of this module students will:

    1. Acquire substantial knowledge in mine design and planning, taking into account:
        Data analysis and interpretation
        Mine optimisation using proper geometrical, geotechnical and economic parameters
        Mine layout
        Geomechanics and ventilation

    2. Develop skills in mine development planning, production scheduling and equipment selection,

    3. Be able to perform economic evaluation of mining projects,

    4. Be able to operate effectively mine design and optimisation software packages,

    5. Develop team skills in project managements,

    6. Advance written and oral communication skills.
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    MTEC reading materials:
    · MTEC0008 - LG Geotechnical Factors in the Mine Planning and Design Process
    · MTEC0011 - LG The Process of Mine Planning and Design
    · MTEC0015 - LG Strategic Planning
    · MTEC0018 - LG Mine Planning and Scheduling

    Software Required:
    · EXCEL
    · Whittle
    · Vulcan (Maptek)
    · RocScience
    · Ventsim
    · TALPAC

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    • Project-based learning: This course utilises project-based learning method. Students will be given one group projects to work on. Students are required to work in groups, to share the project workload and to have weekly meetings and discussions. A formal progress and final report has to be submitted for the project.
    • Tutorials: Project works will be supported with tutorials/trainings as required. The content of these are aligned with the project
    • Question/Answer sessions: Project works will be supported with weekly/bi-weekly Q/A sessions. All students are to attend these sessions.
    • Group work: The project will have a number of topics of emphasis. Each member of the group can elect to work on a topic of the project but all members must report their work to the group on weekly basis. A peer review will have to be submitted by each team, indicating the proportion of each individual group member's contribution to the project. Marks will be deducted for underperforming students. Zero mark will be awarded to the student if he/she makes no contribution to the completion of the project.

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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 Due Weighting
    Progress interview 1 Week 4 10%
    Progress interview 2 Week 8 15%
    Final project presentation Week 12 25%
    Final project report Friday, Week 12 50%
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail

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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.

    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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