MINING 7117 - Mining and Environment

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course aims to provide a comprehensive and practical understanding of the impacts both positive and negative that mining may have on society and the environment. It also provides an appreciation of management principles and practices vital to a mine manager's successful running of a mining enterprise.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MINING 7117
    Course Mining and Environment
    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 Y
    Course Description This course aims to provide a comprehensive and practical understanding of the impacts both positive and negative that mining may have on society and the environment. It also provides an appreciation of management principles and practices vital to a mine manager's successful running of a mining enterprise.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Noune Melkoumian

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the legal, political and ethical context of mining in Australia and overseas
    • Describe the principles of sustainable development and apply them in the context of mining practices
    • Identify leading practice in environmental management of mine sites and evaluate their implementation
    • Discuss the major issues associated with social/community impacts of mining and engage in development of management strategies
    • Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects
    • Identify the key stakeholders in a mining project and their respective needs
    • Demonstrate an awareness of management theory and processes
    • Recognise the factors that motivate people's behaviour in the mine working environment
    • Apply the principal performance measures used in mine management
    • Demonsrtate an awareness of mining law (safety, mining leases, license to operate)
    • Demonstrate an awareness of contractor management
    • Understand the economic conditions in which the mining industry operates
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be delivered in mixed-mode, i.e. it will involve both online and face to face sessions, as well as self-directed learning. Teaching and learning for the course involves pre-recorded lectures, online lectures via zoom, in-class discussions and activities, quizzes, debate, group work, presentations, and consulting sessions.

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    Learning Activities Summary

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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.

    Assessment Summary
    Quiz-1: 10 %
    Quiz-2: 10 %
    Group Project 1: report- 15 %, presentation- 15 %
    Group Project 2: report- 15 %, presentation- 15 %
    Debate: short report- 8 %, debate- 12 %

    Note: There is not a final examination for the course
    Assessment Detail

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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.

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