Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM1029 - Mining and Minerals Engineering (2012)

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MODULE TITLEMining and Minerals Engineering CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM1029 MODULE CONVENERDr Andrew Wetherelt (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 9
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 37
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module is intended to introduce the topic of Mining and Minerals Engineering to students at Level 1. This is undertaken by a series of lectures along with a visit to the CSM Test Mine during our Activities Week in Term 1 where students are familiarized with a typical underground environment. This visit culminates with some demonstrations of blasting with varying types of explosives. Students are required to submit an assessment based on this visit experience.  Finally towards the end of the term students have the opportunity to present for 5mins to an audience of peers about a specific mining or minerals topic which has been chosen from a pre-defined lists of topics.

No prior knowledge of the subject is required.

This module is unsuitable for  non-specialist students

This module is not recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The student is provided with an overview of the minerals industry starting with an historical perspective and leading up to the current day implications of financial, political and environmental constraints. A basic introduction to mining and minerals engineering then follows which gives the student a broad outline of the unit processes involved in the two disciplines, this is supplemented by an introduction to the environmental aspects of the minerals industry and sustainability.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1. Have a general appreciation of the mining and minerals industry.

2. Visualise the underground environment.

3. Have a general appreciation and understanding of mineral reserves and resources.

4. Understand the fundamental aspects of mineral processing techniques.

5. Understand the influence of explosives and their usage.

6. Appreciate the environmental impact of mining and have an awareness of the sustainability of natural resources.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

7. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate and apply knowledge of a range of different concepts relating to mining engineering related material.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

8. Work effectively with others as a member of a group and meet obligations to others.

9.Identify strengths and weaknesses in personal study skills and make a plan to address weaknesses using the learning resources available (ELE, ASK and personal tutor)

10. Verbally communicate a researched topic using a Powerpoint presentation.

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Weeks 1-4 Introduction: brief introduction to the history of mining and impact on civilisation; earth resources, metallic and non-metallic minerals and fossil fuels, their occurrence, location, distribution and usage. Implications of financial/political constraints. Environmental impact of the extractive industries, concepts of sustainability, biodiversity, remediation and reclamation. Weeks 5-9 Mining methods: the role of the mining engineer. Definitions of basic mining terms. Review of types of ore deposit and exploration techniques. The mining process-breaking ground, shaft sinking and tunnelling, stoping support, haulage and hoisting. Weeks 1-9 Mineral Processing and Hydrometallurgy The role of the minerals engineer within the mineral industry. Importance of mineralogy and liberation. Ore preparation methods; crushing & grinding, screening and classification. Physical separation methods including automated sorting, dense medium separation, gravity separation, magnetic separation, electrostatic separation and froth flotation. Hydrometallurgy for the recovery of metals; leaching methods, bacteria assisted leaching, fundamentals of electrolysis applied to metal recovery Case studies on kaolin, diamonds, gold and copper. Weeks 2-4 Introduction to explosives, properties of explosives. Types of detonation. Safety issues relating to blasting within the minerals industry.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 39.00 Guided Independent Study 111.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 36 Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 3

Practical blasting exercises

Guided Independent Study 111 Lecture & assessment preparation; private study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method

Personal Development Plan

500 words 9 Written/verbal
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 70 Written Exams 30 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method

Types of explosives

15 750 words 5,7,8 Written feedback

Individual Presentation

15 5 minutes 10 Written feedback
Examination 70 2 hours 1-6 Tutor meeting?
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
       
Above assignments Assignment All Completed over the summer with a deadline of last week of August
Examination Examination All Last week August

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 30% and/or 1 Exam 70%

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

Hartman, Howard L., 1992, SME Mining Engineers Handbook, SMME Inc, Colorado.                              

 

Wills, B.A. and Napier-Munn, T.J., 2006, Mineral Processing Technology (6th edition), Butterworth Heinemann

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

 

Web based and electronic resources:

 Powerpoint presentations available on ELE.                                                                 

 

Other resources:

The Academic Support Unit have information on development of personal skills.                            

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 1 (NQF Level 4) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 17 July 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mining, Blasting, Explosives, Minerals Engineering