MINING 7078 - Resource Estimation and Mine Planning

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles of resource and reserve estimation for minerals deposits, as well as the principles and practical methodologies of mine planning and mine valuation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MINING 7078
    Course Resource Estimation and Mine Planning
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    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
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1.      Create resource models from exploration datasets using appropriate software tools and estimation techniques

    2.      Report resources and reserves using the JORC code

    3.     Demonstrate comprehension of the mine planning process

    4.     Demonstrate an appreciation of the time value of money, commodity markets and their impact on mine planning

    5.    Develop open pit optimal strategic mine plans including pushback selection, ultimate pit limit analysis and production scheduling

    6.     Apply algorithms and computer software to compliment the strategic mine optimisation process

    7.     Create realistic, integrated financial models for the evaluation of mining projects.

    8.     Understand the basic applications of linear programming for mine optimisations

    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.

    1, 5, 6, 7, 8

    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.

    1, 2, 5, 6, 7

    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.

    1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7

    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.

    2, 5, 6, 7

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    1, 5, 6, 7, 8

    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.

    2, 5, 6, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    PPT slides and course readers (available on MyUni).
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended additional readings (available on MyUni).
    Online Learning
    Lecture recordings (available on MyUni).
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Mixture of online and face-to-face teaching.

    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 32 0 32
    Tutorials 12 0 12
    Practicals 6 0 6
    Quizes and Assignments 0 45 45
    Exam Preparation and Final Exam 0 55 55
    Total 50 100 150
    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
    Assessment Summary:

    Assessment Start Due Weighting Hurdle Rate
    Quiz 1 Week 4 Week 4 6% N/A
    Individual Project Week 3A Week 5B 20% N/A
    Quiz 2 Week 7 Week 7 7% N/A
    Group Project Week 7A Week 11A 20% N/A
    Quiz 3 Week 12 Week 12 7% N/A
    Final Exam Exam Period 40% 40%
    TOTAL 100%  *

    * Students have to achieve at least 40% in the final exam and 50% overall mark to pass this course
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment description details are given as follows.

    Assessment Task Weighting Task Description
    Quiz 1 6% Sampling, resource estimation techniques, JORC code
    Quiz 2 7% Mine planning concepts, BEV, pit optimisation
    Quiz 3 7% UG mine planning, production scheduling, FTM, linear programming
    Individual Project 20% Resource modelling using geostatistics
    Group Project 20% Mine planning using EXCEL and Whittle
    Final Exam 40% Open-book, invigilated examination


    Assessment Task Topics Releasing Due
    Quiz 1 Sampling, resource estimation techniques, JORC code Week 4 Week 4
    Quiz 2 Mine planning concepts, BEV, pit optimisation Week 7 Week 7
    Quiz 3 UG mine planning, production scheduling, FTM, linear programming Week 12 Week 12
    Individual Project Resource modelling using geostatistics Week 3 Week 5
    Group Project Mine planning using EXCEL and Whittle Week 7 Week 11
    Final Examination Examinable Topics Examination week Examination week

    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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