MINING 7107 - Surface Mining Systems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This is an advanced course building on the learning acquired in the Mining Systems course. The students will have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in the selection and evaluation of surface coal and metalliferous mining systems using a project-based learning approach. This course assumes that students have a good understanding of mining terms and descriptions, have been exposed to surface mining methods and are familiar with mining development, operations and production. Each projects is undertaken by a group of 3-5 students.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MINING 7107
    Course Surface 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 Project reports and progress presentations
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Chaoshui Xu

    Course Coordinator: A/Prof Emmanuel Chanda
    Phone: 08 8313 7410
    Location: Engineering North N154
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Provide a detailed description of the proposed surface minings ystemand related equipment and support infrastructure (including illustrations, sketches, plans, etc.);
    2. Design and evaluate materials handling and transport options;
    3. Conduct productivity and cost analysis for the selected mining system;
    4. Identify and evaluate core risks in each mining method;
    5. Appraise mining systems with respect to safe, efficient, economic and environmentally and socially responsible operations; and
    6. Demonstrate awareness of major technological trends.
    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)
    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
    Required Resources
    1. SME Mining Engineering Handbook / edited by Peter Darling, 2011. Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (U.S.) ISBN 978-0-87335-264-2.

    2. Kennedy, B.A., Editor, 1990,. Surface Mining, 2nd Edition, Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration, Littleton, Colorado, ISBN 0-87335-102-9.
    Recommended Resources
    1. Hustrulid, W and Kuchta, M., 2006. Open Pit Mine Planning & Design, Balkema, Rotterdam.

    2. Hargraves, A. and Martin, C., 1993. Australasian Coal Mining Practice Monograph 12, 2nd & 3rd Editions, The AusIMM: Melbourne.

    3. Hartman, H.L. 2002. Introductory Mining Engineering, 2nd edition. Wiley, New York.

    4. Woehler, R, H (ed), 1986. Bulk Handling in Open Pit Mines and Quarries, Trans Tech Publications, Berlin. 

    5. Rudenno, V. 2006. The Mining Valuation Handbook, Wrightbooks, Milton, QLD.

    6. Noakes, M and Lanz T, 1993. Cost Estimation Handbook for the Australian Mining Industry, Monograph No:20/Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

    7. AusIMM Large Open Pit Conference Series.

    8. International Journal of Surface Mining and Reclamation, Balkema, Rotterdam.
    Online Learning
    The University offers a range of resources and services to support student learning. Details are available on the website (

    Also, if you are a member of the AusIMM, you can access the Institute’s on-line library. (
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • 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.

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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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
  • Policies & Guidelines

    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    This section contains the details of and links to the most relevant policies and course guidelines.

    6.1 Assessment Related Policies and Guidelines University Policies & Guidelines
    An overview of the University’s assessment-related policies can be found on :

    Academic Integrity

    It is the University's task to encourage ethical scholarship and to inform students and staff about the institutional standards of academic behaviour expected of them in learning, teaching and research. Students have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity in their work. Students must not cheat in examinations or other forms of assessment and must ensure they do not plagiarise.


    The University has adopted the following definition of plagiarism:
    Plagiarism is the act of misrepresenting as one's own original work the ideas, interpretations, words or creative works of another. These include published and unpublished documents, designs, music, sounds, images, photographs, computer codes and ideas gained through working in a group. These ideas, interpretations, words or works may be found in print and/or electronic media.

    Students are encouraged to read the UA Policy on Plagiarism & Academic Misconduct: (;

    which makes a comprehensive statement about the University's approach to plagiarism, including the approved use of plagiarism detection software, the consequences of plagiarism and the principles associated with preventing plagiarism.

    Alternative Examination Arrangements & Timetable Clashes

    • Students with a medical condition or disability who require special arrangements may apply for Alternative Examination Arrangements. Applicants must be assessed by the Disability Officer. Telephone 8313 5962 to make an appointment with Disability Service.
    • Students with a timetable clash (where exams are scheduled for the same date and time) may apply. See Scheduling Conflict application.
    • Students who have another conflict due to religious beliefs, defence force commitments or official duties (such as representing the University or State in a significant sporting or cultural event) may apply. See Off Campus application.

    • Elite Athletes may apply for alternative exam arrangements. See Elite Athlete Support Scheme.
    • All AEA applications must be received within 2 weeks from the publication date of the final examination timetables.

    Replacement/ Additional Assessment (R/AA)

    The exam application forms are available here. Students who wish to apply for R/AA on medical or compassionate grounds must apply through their School or Faculty within 5 days of the occurrence of the condition or circumstances. Where the occurrence falls on the day of the Primary exam, students must apply within 5 working days of that date.

    Feedback on Assessment: Feedback is essential to effective learning and students can expect to receive appropriate and timely feedback on all assessment.

    As a student you have a responsibility to incorporate feedback into your learning; make use of the assessment criteria that you are given; be aware of the rules, policies and other documents related to assessment; and provide teachers with feedback on their assessment practices.
    There are certain steps you can take if you feel your result does not reflect your performance.

    Feedback in this Course

    The feedback received from the students indicated that they have enjoyed the course last year. The only improvement requested was some additional supportive lectures for the projects which will be provided. Feedback will be provided to the students during the semester: at project presentations, after report submissions and during the classes.

    6.2 Other Policies and Guidelines

    Students with a Disability

    Health, Safety and Wellbeing

    Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students should be familiar with the University policies on occupational health and safety in the laboratory

    Other Course Guidelines

    MEA report writing guidelines need to be followed for all written submissions.
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