Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3300 - Minerals Engineering (2012)

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MODULE TITLEMinerals Engineering CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3300 MODULE CONVENERDr Richard Pascoe (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 9
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 39
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

The module will cover the basic unit processes in mineral processing and hydrometallurgy.  These processes are then brought together to consider the treatment methods for a range of important metalliferous and industrial mineral deposits.

 

The module requires the completion of Mining & Minerals Engineering (in Year 1) or an equivalent subject for those directly entering Year 2 of the programme.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of the module is to provide an understanding of minerals engineering from the perspective of the mining engineer. The completed module will allow the student to undertake the minerals engineering part of the feasibility study.

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

On successful completion of this module you should be able to demonstrate:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1.A general understanding of the unit processes involved in minerals engineering

2.The ability to produce metallurgical balances, calculate efficiencies and work with cost information

3.An understanding of how a processing route for a range of minerals and metals is put together using the basic unit processes.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

4.Ability to analyse performance data to judge process efficiency

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

5.Ability to digest and review a range of information and to present a summary of findings in written form to a deadline

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

a) Mineral Processing (Weeks 1-6) Importance of mineralogy, efficiency of liberation and concentration, economic efficiency and the use of smelter contracts. Comminution - types of crushing and grinding equipment, Bond's equation, comminution circuits. Sizing and classification equipment. Aggregate testing techniques. Classification theory-free and hindered settling. Gravity concentration and dense medium separation equipment and circuits. Magnetic and high-tension separation - design and application of low and high intensity magnetic separators. Froth flotation: general principles, flotation reagents and examples of their use, flotation devices and circuit design. b) Hydrometallurgy (Weeks 7-8) Leaching methods (in-situ, heap, agitation, BIOX), solvent extraction, ion exchange, selective precipitation, use of activated carbon. Electrowinning and electro-refining, using copper and aluminium as examples. c) Minerals engineering case studies (Weeks 8-9) Mineral/metal case studies to include aggregates, kaolin, gold, beach sands, iron ore, lead-zinc and diamonds.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 27.00 Guided Independent Study 73.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 21 Lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 6 Tutorials
Guided independent study 73 Private study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 25 Written Exams 75 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 75 1.5 hours 1-5 Exam mark

Mineral processing assignment

25 1000 words 1-5 Written
         
         
         

 

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
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional examination As above August Ref/Def period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 25% and/or 1 Exam 75%

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:

SME Mineral Processing Handbook (N.L. Weiss, editor), 1985. Vol. 1 and 2.                                                                                                                

A range of recent journal publications will be provided to cover developments in minerals engineering.                                                                                    

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

 

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Wills, B.A., and Napier Munn Wills Mineral Processing Technology: An Introduction to the Practical Aspects of ore treatment and Mineral Recovery 7th Butterworth Heinman. 2006 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined