Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM103 - Mineral Extraction, Management and Environmental Impact of Mining (2011)

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MODULE TITLEMineral Extraction, Management and Environmental Impact of Mining CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSMM103 MODULE CONVENERProf John Coggan (Coordinator), Dr Richard Pascoe, Mr Paul Wheeler, Dr Denise Pascoe, Prof Patrick Foster
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
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DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
The module familiarises the student with mining terminology and methods of extraction and processing of ores to give an understanding of the wider operational, legislative, economic and social environment in which a mining geologist works.
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 1-9. Mining Methods Surface mining, underground mining, mining methods infrastructure, feasibility studies and production. Weeks 1-9. Rock Engineering: rock mass classification, laboratory and field test methods, strength and deformation of geological materials, impact of groundwater flow. Mine design inc. in-situ stress, stresses induced by excavation, structural controls on stability, support criteria, computer applications and instrumentation Weeks 1-9. Mineral Economics: supply and demand influences on metal prices, smelter contracts, capital and operating costs estimates and cashflow, NPV and IRR calculations. Weeks 1-9. Introduction to minerals processing. Crushing, grinding, screening, size measurement, flotation, magnetic separation, dense media separation, other methods for mineral separation Weeks 1-9. Issues associated with the environmental impact of mining, both opencast and underground. Visual impact, noise, dust, effects on watercourses and groundwater, effects of chemicals used in processing, acid mine drainage. Methods for amelioration of impacts. Environmental legislation. Case studies.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
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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 50 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
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CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) M (NQF Level 7) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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