Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3332 - Feasibility Study (2011)

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MODULE TITLEFeasibility Study CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM3332 MODULE CONVENERMr Paul Wheeler (Coordinator), Dr Andrew Wetherelt
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
An introduction to the planning and construction of technical and scientific reports. The course allows the student to gain experience in technical writing and making a verbal presentation. The course is also used as an opportunity to introduce the student to a range of study skills.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Weeks 1-4 The work of each group includes most of the following items but this will change from year to year as different projects are examined. 1. The design and costing of a drilling programme. 2. The production of an ore reserve statement. 3. An open pit or underground design including geotechnical and environmental studies. 4. Dewatering systems including pump selection and operating criteria. 5. The selection of mining equipment to meet financial and operating criteria. 6. The selection of sites for the mill, the waste tips and the tailings dam. 7. The choice of the most economical methods of moving the ore and waste between the mine, mill, waste dumps and tailings dam. 8. The selection of equipment for the mineral processing plant, using mill flowsheets, smelter schedules and costs. 9. The use of tariff structures to achieve lowest energy costs. 10. The calculation of the capital and operating costs of the project. 11. An estimate of the price of the saleable products. 12. The use of critical path analysis to schedule the development of the project. 13. A study of the environmental effects of the mineral operation 14. A planning application 15. Negotiations to purchase or rent land and property. 16. A study of the relevant environmental laws. 17. The production of a cashflow table for the project and the calculation of suitable financial valuation indicators.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES
RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
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CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined