ENER20002 - Mining Engineering Systems and Legislation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the systems and processes crucial to efficient mine design and operation. You will articulate a comprehensive understanding of current Australian coal and metalliferous mining operations and relevant mining Acts and Regulations. You will generate and evaluate fleet equipment selection processes and their likely ability to meet the requirements of scheduled mine production. This unit is delivered using a problem based learning model where you will be expected to work collaboratively in small teams and individually to produce high quality outputs. You will complete formative assessments throughout the unit, which will provide you with timely feedback. You will be graded on the evidence you submit in your assessments to address the performance standards of the given learning outcomes.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Report 30%
2. Report 30%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 40%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% 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: Student feedback (telephone, emails and during tutorials).
Students were disappointed that the highly successful mine site field trips of previous years were not on offer in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We aim to reinstate field trips in 2021 if given the clearance from Health and University management.
Action Taken
We will resume mine site visits when we get clearance from COVID-19 conditions.
Source: Student feedback via telephone and emails
Students appreciated the presence of leading mining professionals providing time to give talks to the class and the class given the opportunity to ask questions to these professionals.
To continue to ask leading mining industry professionals to provide talks in a range of discipline areas and current topics.
Action Taken
Continue to engage leading mining industry professionals to provide talks during lectures, tutorials and during the mine visits (when mine site visits resume).
Source: This has been conveyed to staff by students who are on placements or now working in industry.
Students appreciate the fact that we provide in-depth knowledge as to how the Australian mining industry operates.
Academic staff will continue to keep abreast and currency with issues, challenges and operational aspects of the Australian mining industry and pass this information onto our students.
Action Taken
Teaching academics have had to keep abreast of the challenges facing the industry under COVID-19 conditions. They have incorporated this new information into their teaching.
Source: Student feedback (verbal during Zoom and telephone conversations).
To offer mine site visits during future offerings of this unit.
To resume offering mine site visits during future offerings of this unit, post COVID-19.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess the processes and procedures that would demonstrate compliance with relevant Australian Mining Acts and Regulations in a variety of mining contexts
  2. Identify and evaluate risks associated with different mining methods and operations
  3. Evaluate prospecting and exploration in the Australian mining context
  4. Present and defend a complex design and decision-making process
  5. Work collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs.

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 2N 3N 4N 5N )
1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 2N 4N 5N )
1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4I 5I )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5N )
2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5N )
3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 4N 5N )
3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 4N 5N )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I 4N 5I )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2N 3I 4I 5N )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 1I 2I 3N 4N 5N )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4I 5N )
3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 1N 2I 3I 4I 5I )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4I 5N )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4I 5N )
3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 1N 2N 3N 4N 5I )
1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1A 2I 3I 4N 5I )

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 Postgraduate Units 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
1 - Report
2 - Report
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Report
2 - Report
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment