ENAR12013 - Mine Planning and Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit knowledge and skills will be developed to determine optimum pit limits, bench geometry, haul road design, slope stability and equipment selection for surface mining operations. While for underground mining students will learn to determine suitable access to orebodies, mining methods, level spacings, material handling systems, ground support methods, and ventilation systems. Australian mining laws are reviewed to assess their impact on the mine planning and design processes for coal and metalliferous mining in surface and underground mining operations. Students will also determine the constraints between different mining activities that will impact on mine scheduling. They will use forums, reflective journals and workbooks to demonstrate an effective and professional level of teamwork, communication and support for collaborative peer group learning.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 20%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 45%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 0%
5. 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

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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: Discussions with students.
Feedback
Students did not always see the relevance of some unit learning material and resources.
Recommendation
Develop some context around the assignment questions to help students realise the relevance of unit material to the real world.
Action Taken
Re-wrote assignment questions to include real world context related to the mining industry.
Source: Discussions with students.
Feedback
Students found the field trip to Hail Creek Mine Site particularly relevant.
Recommendation
Arrange similar field trip for next delivery of unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say.
Feedback
Students did not complete evaluations.
Recommendation
Encourage students to complete evaluations and provide feedback on unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse mining phases from exploration to mine closure to determine the impact of mine planning and design on the safety, productivity and success of a mining operation.
  2. Outline the acts and regulations associated with Australian Law that impact on mine planning and design for surface, underground, coal and metalliferous mining.
  3. Determine the optimum pit limits, bench geometry, haul road design, slope stability and equipment selection for a coal or metalliferous deposit requiring surface mining operations.
  4. Determine suitable orebody access, mining method, level spacing, material handling, ground support, and ventilation for a coal or metalliferous deposit requiring underground mining.
  5. Deduce the constraints associated with scheduling the development and production of an underground mining operation.
  6. Demonstrate an effective and professional level of teamwork, communication and support for collaborative peer group learning through the use of forums, reflective journals and workbooks.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 - Practical and Written Assessment
5 - Portfolio