Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3357 - Mining Project (2012)

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MODULE TITLEMining Project CREDIT VALUE20
MODULE CODECSM3357 MODULE CONVENERMr Paul Wheeler (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 10 9
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 39
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Research, data analysis and presentation skills are tested in this module, which provides an opportunity for a student to develop and demonstrate a thorough understanding of a topic currently seen as important/significant to the mining industry.  A well-researched and attractively presented report can be used at job interviews to show the standard of work a student is capable of; while the knowledge gained from the project can provide a useful boost up the learning curve when industry employment commences.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The project provides the student with the opportunity to carry out research, either individually or as member of a small team, into a topic currently of significance to the mining industry or pertinent to the student’s anticipated career path.

Project titles, which may involve any aspect of the course, will be chosen from a list at the beginning of the academic year. Students returning from industrial placements may consider undertaking a potential project related to their recent experience; either suggested/supported by the company or based on a specific interest sparked by an aspect of their work experience. Students are required to liaise with the respective project supervisor so that they can ensure suitability for that particular project.

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:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1. To gain skills in data acquisition and interpretation
2. To increase their knowledge about a specific aspect of mining or a related field

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

3. Students should be able to analyse data in order to form a conclusion with respect to a particular aspect of the project. Particular emphasis is place on innovative thought and design
4. The student should be able to critically evaluate a design problem along with detailed reasoned arguments

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

5. The student will develop enhanced report-writing and verbal communication skills
6. Promotion of learning skills (especially independent study, taking responsibility for own learning and communications), planning and implementing courses of action, time management

 

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

During both semesters of the final year, an individual project is undertaken by each student on subject related to the course. It is normally laboratory, computer of field based, although library based research projects are occasionally undertaken. Students keep a detailed diary of their expected and actual work and this is reviewed by their supervisor throughout the year.

 

Weeks 1-10

            Produce PowerPoint poster (end of WEEK 1)

            Produce proposal form (end of WEEK 2)

            Develop project goals

            Conduct literature survey

            Initial study/fieldwork

            Produce presentation around initial findings and project planning (end of WEEK 10)

            Keep a diary of work undertaken (WEEKS 1-10)

 

Weeks 11-19

            Conduct research on thesis topic

            Keep a diary of work undertaken (WEEKS 11-19)

            Complete thesis write-up (end of WEEK 19)

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 10.00 Guided Independent Study 190.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Guided independent study

190 hours recommended but variable based on interest and enthusiasm!

There will be no formal lectures. Each student will produce a poster of their industrial tour. Students will develop a project thesis proposal which is signed off by an academic supervisor. They will also report their findings verbally at the end of the first semester. In the second semester they will produce a written report of c.8,000 words. Each student can expect to spend about 200 hours research time on their project.

Scheduled learning & teaching activities

10 hours

With supervisor

     

 

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
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
PowerPoint poster outlining Industrial Tour

5%

400 words equivalent

ILO 2 and 5

Pro-forma mark sheet with comments

Project proposal form

5% 400 words equivalent ILO 2 Pro-forma mark sheet with comments

Oral presentation of thesis outline

15%

10 mins. + question period

ILO 1 Pro-forma mark sheet with comments

Project thesis underpinned by a work diary

75%

written report should be approximately 8,000 words

ILOs 1-6

Written feedback sheet with comments

        Pro-forma mark sheet with comments

 

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 Summative assignment

Weighting as above

August Ref/Def period

       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above, one piece of coursework (project thesis) 100%

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: CSM Projects

 

ELE: CSM3357 ELE Page

 

 

Reading list for this module:

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

CREDIT VALUE 20 ECTS VALUE 10
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 Thursday 18 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Project work, individual research