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ENAR12006 - Rock Engineering

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course introduces students to surface and underground geotechnical issues in relation to mining subsidence, pillar design, ground support and pillar extraction methods. It outlines the practice of mining under surface structures, bodies of water and aquifers. Students should develop an understanding and a capability in surface mine design techniques, production scheduling and dump planning. Concepts are introduced in relation to pit stability, which is also considered in relation to surface and dewatering bore holes, sumps and pumping operations.

Details

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 Structural Geology and Mineral Sampling

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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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 25%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Practical Assessment 25%

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

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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: Conversation with student.
Feedback
Needed more explicit instruction on the use of Excel.
Recommendation
Highlight recordings that explain how to use Excel to set up solutions and calculations related to assignment and tutorial questions.
Action Taken
Provided Zoom tutorial on Excel and one-on-one instructions with the student when they were available on campus.
Source: Conversation with student.
Feedback
Content was useful and relevant.
Recommendation
Review content to ensure it is aligned with current mining practices.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss underground geotechnical issues in relation to mining
  2. Apply geotechnical principles to given mine related situations
  3. Discuss the practice of mining under surface structures, bodies of water and aquifers
  4. Apply the principles of surface mine design techniques, production scheduling and dump planning to given mine related situations
  5. Explain the concepts of pit stability and how it is considered in relation to dewatering bore holes, sumps and pumping operations
  6. Demonstrate an effective, professional level of teamwork and communication and support collaborative peer group learning

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical Assessment