MINING 7069 - Rock Breakage
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code MINING 7069 Course Rock Breakage 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 Assumed Knowledge MINING 1011, MINING 3071 & MINING 3072 Course Description This course covers the principal methods of rock breakage used in mining, including machine mining, drilling and blasting.
Machine Mining encompasses rock cutting principles, cutting with picks and discs, the design of cutter heads, effect of wear, assessment of rock cuttability, impact breakage and ripping.
Blasting encompasses the chemistry of explosives and mechanics of explosive-rock interaction, selection of commercial explosives, explosive charging techniques, initiation and delay systems, blast design principles for surface and underground mines, safety, environmental and regulatory management, and blast performance assessment and analysis.
Drilling encompasses the methods of drilling used in mining and the impact of drilling parameters on performance, selection and costing of drilling equipment.
Course Coordinator: Dr Abbas Taheri
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Explain the contribution of rock breakage to the mining process; 2 Describe the various methods of rock breakage; 3 Select appropriate methods of drilling and rock breakage for given rock condition; 4 Design blasts to achieve particular outcomes; 5 Demonstrate the ability to manage and control blast damage and environmental impacts; 6 Optimise design of cutter heads for machine mining; 7 Evaluate productivity and economics of blasting and machine mining operation; 8 Identify relevant requirements for the security, storage and handling of explosives.
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
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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)
1-7 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
3. 4. 5. 7 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. 4. 5. 7 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
5. 8 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 & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will be based on lectures, tutorials, practicals for 5 weeks, a seminar presentation, supported by take-home assignments and a group drilling and blasting project.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Lectures, tutorials and practicals: 42 hours
Machine Mining Quiz: 2 hours
Seminar presentation: 20 hours
Drilling and blasting project: 35 hours
Revision for quizzes and examination: 40 hours
Examination: 2 hours
Total: 139 hours
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Assignments 5 Individual Summative Week 5, 10 1. 2. 3.4. 8. Summative Quiz 25 Individual Summative Week 6 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 8. Seminar presentation 15 Individual Summative Week 8 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Group Project: Drilling and Blasting 25 Group Summative Week 12 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10. Final Exam 30 Individual Summative Exam Period 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. Total 100
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