ENEM12008 - Solid Materials Handling

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will develop skills required to analyse the operation and maintenance of solid material handling equipment. The characteristics of solid materials and their impact on storage and conveying systems including requirements for the effective operation of conveyors will be explored. You will design hoppers, identify dust extraction systems, explain the applications of various feeders used in industry and apply the principles of mine product handling systems to a given mine situation. You will be required to work autonomously to produce clear, professional documentation of the approach taken in the description and analysis of solid materials handling equipment. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.


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
PHYS11184 Engineering Physics A OR ENAG11005 Mechanics OR ENEG11006 Engineering Statics and MATH11218 Eng Foundation Mathematics OR MATH11160 Technology Mathematics

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 2 - 2021

Term 1 - 2022 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 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Written Assessment 25%
4. Practical and Written 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 29.63% 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: Moodle Feedback
Students found the site visit really useful to relate the theoretical aspects of the unit with authentic application.
The site visit will be organised in future offerings as well to ensure that students receive a good exposure to the authentic application of the subject matter.
Action Taken
There was no opportunity to organise the visit in 2020 due to COVID-19 related restrictions. However, students were supported with a video and other supplementary materials to have a good understanding of the industrial practice of the subject matter.
Source: Moodle Feedback
More consistent information needed to prepare the lab reports
A report template will be provided to maintain consistency in the lab report requirements.
Action Taken
Students were provided with a report template which ensured consistency in the lab reports.
Source: Moodle Feedback
Although there was no site visit in 2020 due to COVID 19 restriction, students found the site visit really useful to relate the theoretical aspects of the unit with the authentic application.
The site visit will be continued in the future provided that there is no Government and University restrictions in place for the site visit.
Action Taken
Source: Moodle Feedback
Students expressed satisfaction with the learning resources and assessment requirements on the unit.
The unit coordinator will support the students with similar resources to explain the requirements in all assessment items fully.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Characterise the properties of bulk materials and explain their impact on the design of storage and conveying systems
  2. Design hoppers for mass and funnel flow and wall loading
  3. Explain the application for the various feeders used in industry and select appropriate bin/feeder arrangements
  4. Design and select belt conveyor
  5. Identify Dust Extraction systems and treatment of dust
  6. Apply the principles of mine product handling systems to a given mine situation
  7. Work autonomously to solve problems and record and communicate clearly and professionally the approach used to solve each and the reasons for adopting such approaches to the problem.

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:

3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 6N 7N )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 7N )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 2N 3N 7N )


1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3N 4I 5N 6N )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 4I 6N )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5I 6N )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I 5N 6N )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 1I 2N 3N 4N )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1I 2I 3N 4I 5N 6I )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 2I 4I )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1N 2I 3I 4I 5I 6N 7I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 7I )


1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2I 3I 4A 5N 6I )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 2A 4A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1I 2A 3N 4A 5N 6N 7I )

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 - Practical and Written Assessment
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
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
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Practical and Written Assessment
1 - Written Assessment