MINING 7112 - Advanced Mine Geotechnical Engineering
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code MINING 7112 Course Advanced Mine Geotechnical Engineering Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng Term Semester 2 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 The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles of data analysing to determine required design data for slope stability and underground excavations analyses. In this course students should be able to study stability condition of an open cut and an underground mine and design pit walls and support measures. Students work in groups on a geotechnical study and design project under the supervisions of an academic staff member.
Course Coordinator: Dr Abbas Taheri
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesIt is intended that students will be able to:
1. Analysing lab and field testing data.
2. Undertaking rock mass characterization and classification.
3. Determination of sock mass strength and deformability and Joints and bedding and faults strength .
4. Undertaking structural modelling of rock mass.
5. Undertaking structurally-controlled and non-strocturally controlled failures analyses.
6. Design of excavations using empirical, analytical and numerical methods
7. Back-analysing of failures and interpret design data
8. Demonstrate a sound engineering judgment to design underground openings and interpret the results.
9. Demonstrate team skills in the management of a project work.
10. Demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills.
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)
2-7 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
1-8 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
1-10 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3-8 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
9 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
Required ResourcesLecture materials: PowerPoint slides, video, relevant scientific and technical papers (Lectures notes will be provided and these will be available on MyUni);
Necessary geotechnical/rock mechanics software.
Recommended Resources1. Bieniawski, Z. T. 1989. Engineering Rock Mass Classification. John Wiley & Sons.
2. Brady, B. H. G. and Brown, E. T. 2004. Rock mechanics for underground mining. 3rd Edition, Kluwer Academics Publishers.
3. Hoek, E., Kaiser, P.K. and Bawden, W. F. 2005. Support of underground excavations in hard rock, A. A. Balkema Publishers.
4. Hoek, E. 2007. Practical rock engineering, 2nd ed. Rocscience Inc.
5. Read, J. Stacey, P. (Ed.) 2009. Guidelines for open pit slope design. A. A. Balkema Publishers.
6. Taheri, A. 2012. Design of Rock Slopes Using Classification Systems. Published in “Advances in Engineering Research, Volume 2” Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp.453-488.
7. Wyllie, D. C. and Mah, C. W. 2004. Rock Slope Engineering: Civil and Mining. Spon Press, Tylor and Francis Group.
8. MEA Mining Geomechanics Course Learning Guide
9. MEA Mine Geotechnical Engineering Course Learning Guide
10. MEA Report Writing Guide
Online LearningAll required learning resources and course information will be made available on MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes1. Project-based learning: This course utilises project-based learning methods. Students will be given a project to work
on. Students are required to work in groups, share the project workload, have weekly meetings and discussions. A formal progress and final report has to be submitted for each project.
2. Weekly Lectures: Each week there will be a lecture about each activity. Each lecture include a brief background knowledge
required for each activity and then instructions to help students to complete the activity.
3. Tutorial sessions: Project work will be supported with weekly tutorial sessions.
4. Practical sessions: Each week there will be practical sessions to support students use geotechnical software for their project effectively.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Contact Hours Independent Study Hours Total
Lectures 12 0 12
Tutorials 12 36 48
Practical 24 24 48
Interviews (x2) 1 10 11
Final Presentation 2 10 12
Final Report 0 20 20
Total 51 100 151
Learning Activities Summary
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Assessment SummaryAssessment Due Weighing
Progress Interview 1 Week 5 10%
Progress Interview 2 Week 9 15%
Final Presentation Week 12 25%
Final Report End of Week 12 50%
Assessment Related RequirementsProgress Interview 1 and 2:
As per the course requirement:
- All the members of the team must be present (0 mark will be awarded to any member of the team who is not present),
- Interview will be conducted in the lab or lecture room,
- Students will be expected to demonstrate ability to use software for the purposes of the design,
- Students are required to give a one-page write-up on the workload distribution for the project till date.
Each group needs to provide the Course Convenor a copy of their Final Presentation before the start of the seminar in the morning. All students are required to attend and take part in the presentations for the whole seminar session. Absence from these
presentations will only be allowed because of medical or extenuating circumstances. This will require documented evidence, e.g. Medical Certificate, etc. The room is equipped with projection facilities and students may use PowerPoint if they wish. However, it is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that the presentation is functioning beforehand.
Final Report Submission:
Students need to use the standard School cover sheet, which can be found at:
Students should post your final report into the ‘Advanced Mine geotechnical Engineering’ box outside the School Office before
4.00 pm on the specified submission date.
Every member in the group MUST sign the Coversheet. Assignments without the School Assignment Coversheet will NOT be accepted.
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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
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