Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM412 - Surface Excavation Design A (2012)

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MODULE TITLESurface Excavation Design A CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSMM412 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 1
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 4
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module

The module provides specialist analysis and design skills associated with civil, geotechnical, environmental and related industries. The module provides problem-solving skills and provides simulated industrial experience.

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. Assess critically the role and limitations of analytical and computer methods in surface excavation stability analysis and design.
2.Evaluate factors controlling instability and reinforcement design of slopes
3. Determine the data requirements for the design of surface excavations, including considerations of data variability and risk assessment.
4. Understand and evaluate critically the key components for the design of blasting for surface excavations.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

5. Evaluate and apply knowledge to specific design tasks.
6. Create an appropriate design from the critical evaluation of available data.
7. Undertake synthesis of information and create responses based on advanced knowledge

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

8. Develop personal data-handling skills through critical evaluation of a design problem and produce, to a strict deadline, a report with detailed recommendations/reasoned arguments for an appropriate solution.
9. Utilize a range of computer-based learning resources as an autonomous learner.

 

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

Week 1 Introduction; Shear strength review; Stereographic analysis and interpretation Plane failure and circular failure. Week 2 Plane failure. Slope stability overview; Use of DIPS software; Probability and risk in slope design Assignment: Slope design. Week 3 Circular failure; Composition and characteristics of explosives Week 4 Program Slide, non-circular and infinite slope failures; Electronic and non-electric detonating systems; Misfires Week 5 Wedge failure, program Swedge. Blasting regulations and safety Week 6 Blast design. Optimum blast specifications, including geometry.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 54.00 Guided Independent Study 96.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 36 Lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 18 Field visit
Guided independent study 96 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
       
       
       
       
       
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 50 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES
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

Atlas Powder co., 1987 Explosives and Rock Blasting, ISBN 0-96162840-0-5.                                        

Harrison, J.P. and Hudson J.A. (2000). Engineering Rock Mechanics Part II: Illustrative worked examples. Elsevier.

Hoek, E. and Bray, J.W. (1981). Rock slope engineering.  3rd Edition.  I.M.M.                                    

Hudson JA and Harrison JP. (1997). Engineering Rock Mechanics  and introduction to the principles. Permagon.    

Wyllie, D.C. and Mah, C.W. (2004). Rock slope engineering. 4th edition. Spon Press.                              

<a href="http://www.rocscience.com/hoek/Hoek.asp" target="_blank">http://www.rocscience.com/hoek/Hoek.asp</a> Ö–Hoeks Corner                                                          

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CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 24 May 2013
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined