Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM103 - Mineral Extraction, Management and Environmental Impact of Mining (2012)

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MODULE TITLEMineral Extraction, Management and Environmental Impact of Mining CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSMM103 MODULE CONVENERDr Denise Pascoe (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 9
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 52
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

The module provides fundamental knowledge concerning all aspects of a mining operation. It is suitable for both mning engineers and mining geologists, and provided introductory knowledge that is a pre-requisite to semester 2 modules. It is not recommend for interdisciplinary pathways.

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 engineer or mining geologist works.

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

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1

Understand the drilling and blasting methods commonly employed in production situations, the layout of mines and the mining methods employed in mineral extraction.

2

Familiarise the student with open pit and underground working environments.

3

Understand the basics of rock and soil behaviour and groundwater flow.

4

Understand the basic principles of mineral economics and perform simple financial techniques in the appraisal of mining operations.

5

Know the main methods used in mineral processing and understand the importance of mineral processing in obtaining a saleable ore or industrial mineral product

6

Understand the effect of mining on the environment, the planning of extractive operations to minimise impact, and the legislation associated with the environmental impact of mining. Knowledge of how to deal with environmental disasters associated with mining.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

7

To undertake synthesis of information and create responses in terms of advanced knowledge

8

Understand the role of a geologist in a wider management context.

9

Ability to communicate knowledgeably with others on environmental issues associated with mining.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

10

To develop personal data-handling skills through critically evaluation of a design problem and produce, to a strict deadline, detailed recommendations/reasoned arguments for an appropriate solution.

 

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
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 100.00 Guided Independent Study 200.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS

Category

Hours of study time

Description

lectures

80 hrs

All aspects of the syllabus (as above)

lab session

1* 4 hrs

Rock testing laboratory

field mapping

8 hrs

Rock mass mapping exercise

 

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
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT

Form of Assessment

 

% of credit

Size of the assessment  e.g. duration/length

ILOs assessed

Feedback method

Examination

50%

2 hours

ILOs 1-6 and 7 -10

Examination Board

Assignment 1  involves use of field mapping data and associated interpretation

20%

Professional summary report of maximum 1200 words with emphasis on interpretation, recommendations, worked solutions and critical use of figures and tables.

ILOs 3, 7, 8 and 10

Written feedbackon script and cover page of assignment

Assignment 2 - One laboratory-based exercise used to assess rock behaviour.

20%

Professional summary report of maximum 1200 words with emphasis on interpretation, recommendations, worked solutions and critical use of figures and tables.

ILOs 3, 7, 8 and 10

Written feedbackon script and cover page of assignment

Assignment 3 research based group working evaluation of a particular mining method

10%

A group presentation

ILOs 1, 2,  and 10

Written feedbackon script and cover page of assignment

 

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-assessment

Summative Assessment

Additional Summative assignment

Weighting as above

Sept/Oct

Examination

Additional Examination

Weighting as above

Sept/Oct

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 50% and/or 1 Exam 50%

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 1987 Introductory Mining Engineering, Wiley

Brady & Brown 1993 Rock Mechanics for Underground Mining, Chapman&Hall

Smith 1990 Elements of Soil Mechanics, BSP

Wanless 1983 Finance for Mine Managers, Chapman&Hall

Wills. Mineral Processing Technology, Pergamon

Wylie DC and Mah CW. 2004. Rock Slope Engineering (4th Edition). Spon Press

http://www.rockeng.utoronto.ca/roc/Hoek/Hoek.htm – Hoek’s Corner

Open University Block 268, Physical resources and environment.

 

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

 

Web based and electronic resources: Hoek’s corner (as above)

Reading list for this module:

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

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 Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Rock mechanics, mine economics, minerals processing, mine design, mining methods