MINING 7116 - Mine Design and Feasibility Study

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles of mine feasibility studies for metalliferous and coal mine deposits. Students will be able to develop in this course skills in optimal mine design, production scheduling, equipment selection, cost estimation and project evaluation for the preparation of a pre-feasibility study document.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MINING 7116
    Course Mine Design and Feasibility Study
    Coordinating Unit Mining and Petroleum Engineering
    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
    Prerequisites MINING 7078
    Assessment Progress interviews, final project presentation, project report
    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 curse students will be able to:

    1 Conduct 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
                  Social and environmental impacts of mining
    2 Perform mine development planning, production scheduling and equipment selection,
    3 Conduct economic evaluation of mining projects,
    4 Operate effectively mine design and optimisation software packages,
    5 Develop team skills in project management,
    6 Advance written and oral communication skills.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  

    C C B C C A B C A B
    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.

    1, 2, 3, 4

    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, 2, 3, 4

    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, 3, 5, 6

    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

    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.

    1, 5, 6

    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, 2, 3, 4

    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.

    1, 2, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    PPT slides and course readers (available on MyUni)
    Recommended Resources
    MTEC readers
    Online Learning
    Lecture and Vulcan training 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 10 0 10
    Software Training 40 0 40
    Project Works 10 90 100
    60 90 150

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Students taking this course are expected to have completed the course MINING 7078 Resource Estimation and Mine Planning.
  • 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 Task Task Type Due (week)* Weighting Learning Outcome
    Project Progress Interview 1 Summative 4 10%
    Project Progress Interview 2 Summative 8 15%
    Final Presentation Summative 12 25%
    Project Report Summative 12 50%
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.

    In accordance with the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 1a. i: An exemption from the stated requirement that group assessment activities total no more than 30% has been granted.

    Assessment Detail

    Assessment Task
    Progress Interview 1 Pit Optimisation 1 Week 4
    Progress Interview 2 OP and UG Design 1 Week 8
    Final Presentation Project Presentation 1 Week 12
    Final Report Project Report 1 Week 12


    No information currently available.

    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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