ENAR12004 - Mine Management and Safety

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces students to mine operations and mine management systems and the application of mine management principles. It outlines the practice of mining related industrial relations and mine safety. Students are expected to develop an understanding of mine health and safety management systems and the teamwork and communication skills necessary to implement such systems in the mining industries.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 1 - 2022 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 40%
4. Portfolio 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have your say.
Students found the textbook useful. Also found currency of the unit to be quite good.
Keep the current textbook.
Action Taken
Included current articles relevant to mine management and safety and related them back to the material in the textbook. Students appreciated the relevance and currency of the material.
Source: Have your say.
Three respones to have your say were quite positive. One response was very negative. Asked for improved response times, improved assessment tasks and improved unit organisation.
Improve feedback time and respond to emails and phone calls within 24 hours. Provide general feedback on assessment within two days of assignment submission and individual feedback and marking criteria sheets within one week. Review Learning portfolio and improve explanation of the requirements of this assessment item. Attempt to contact all students on a weekly basis. Review unit layout on Moodle.
Action Taken
Still need to improve on getting feedback to students in a timely manner.
Source: Have your say
Improve assessment feedback
Breakdown marking criteria into satisfactory, good and excellent components. This should reduce marking workload and improve student understanding of what is expected in the assignment.
Action Taken
Source: Have your say
Layout of Moodle page
CQU Renew should help to address this. Will be making a welcome and introductory video for this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss mine management systems
  2. Apply the principles of mine management to given mine related situations and issues
  3. Explain the purpose, structure, design and operation of mining organisations
  4. Discuss the practice of industrial relations in mine management and mine operations
  5. Discuss and explain the relevant Mine Safety and Inspections Acts and Regulations
  6. Assess mine organisational risk management
  7. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 6N )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N 3N 4N 5N )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 3N 5N )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 6N )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 4N 7N )

1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1N 2I 3N 4N 5N 6N )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 1I 6I )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 6I 7N )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 4I 5I 7N )

3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 2I 4A 5N 6N 7N )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1A 2N 3A 4N 5N 7A )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4N 5A 6N 7N )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 6A 7N )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.

Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio