Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM181 - Surface Mining (2019)

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MODULE TITLESurface Mining CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSMM181 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 11
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 10
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Surface Mining is the first of two core technical modules for the Professional PG Dip / MSc Mining Engineering programme. The module examines the design, development, operation, optimization and eventual closure of surface mines. It will look at the way near surface deposits can be cost effectively extracted through construction of safe, efficient, open pits, and the factors that control the optimum design. 

The module will particularly explore ground control, slope stability, excavation design and computer-based open pit mine design, development planning, blast design, equipment selection, production management, cost control, safety management, mine waste facilities and management, optimization and scheduling.

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

The module aims to advance your understanding of the basic surface mining principles taught in the Year One Mining Life-Cycle, by providing you with the technical mining engineering knowledge used in designing and operating safe and efficient surface mine operations. Open pit mining is the most frequent technique of mineral extraction and is used across the full spectrum of minerals and deposits types. 

Practical, hands-on activities using case histories and industry data will improve your key skills such as field data collection, computer-assisted mine design, geotechnical appraisal, production and cost forecasting, and safety management. The module also emphasizes how the mechanical properties of host rocks and ore influence excavation design, blasting, and mineral processing.

You will undertake a comprehensive mine design report which aims to simulate the design and planning process including blast designs, equipment selections, maintenance, and mine waste plans, among other parameters.

 

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. Develop a robust surface mine design incorporating geotechnics, hydrogeology, production schedules, equipment selection and a closure plan.

2. Critically evaluate and explain the key components of a surface blast design

3. Evaluate factors controlling instability and reinforcement design of slopes.

4. Elucidate the factors controlling operations management, equipment matching and production schedules.

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge5

5. Integrate information from multiple data sources to design an effective mining operation.

6. Summarize the issues and technical requirements of managing mine wastes.

7. Explain how each aspect of surface mine design and operations must be optimized.

8. Describe how safety and risk management techniques are applied to surface mine operations



Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

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

10. Utilise a full range of computer-based learning resources as an autonomous learner.

 

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

The module will be delivered over a period of 24 weeks using online lectures, PowerPoint presentations, documents and reference material in pdf format, mp3 podcasts, videos, e-tivities, discussion boards; and through face to face teaching, fieldwork and group work as part of a residential course.

The module commences with a review of the engineering properties of rock and soil with an emphasis on ground control in surface mining applications for the safe design and operation of slopes. Data visualization is a key part of the module, using design-based software for enhanced learning and awareness of discontinuity-related failure of slopes.

 

Units include:

Unit 1: Safety Management

Unit 2: Ground Control and Slope Stability

Unit 3: Surface Excavation Design

Unit 4: Hydrogeology and Dewatering

Unit 5: Development and Planning

Unit 6: Production, Maintenance and Costs

Unit 7: Rock-breaking, Explosives, and Blast-design

 

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 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities 100 Using online resources with help and guidance from UoE staff. Includes e-tivities and discussion boards
Guided independent study 200 Residentials, Group work, site visits, field trips, discussions, activities, presentations and assessments

 

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
Online e-tivities 6 hours (several short e-itivities) 1-10 Written
Discussion boards Variable 1-10 Written (on discussion board)

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 40 Practical Exams 20
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Report 15 1,500 words 1, 3, 5, 8, 9 Written feedback sheet with comments
Exam 40 1 hour 1-8 Written feedback sheet with comments
Report 25 3,000 words 1-10 Written feedback sheet with comments
Group Presentation 20 20 minutes 2, 6, 7, 8 Written feedback 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-assessment
Report Report 1, 3, 5, 8, 9 Approximately 6-8 weeks after residential
Exam Exam 1-8 At next residential
Report Report 1-10 Approximately 6-8 weeks after return of initial assignment
Group Presentation Annotated powerpoint presentation 2, 6, 7, 8 Approximately 3 weeks after residential

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

All referral marks are capped at 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:

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

Online lectures, PowerPoint presentations, documents and reference material in pdf format, mp3 podcasts, videos, e-tivities, discussion boards; and links to the University of Exeter electronic library and its comprehensive resources.

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

Web based and electronic resources: Module is largely delivered by a dedicated ELE website that also involves links to external corporate, professional, educational websites and YouTube.  

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

SME Mining Engineering Handbook

 

Other Resources:

The site will have additional literature resources from external professional bodies, technical guides and manuals and use of company annual reports.

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Harrison, J.P. and Hudson J.A Engineering Rock Mechanics Part II: Illustrative worked examples Elsevier 2000 [Library]
Set Hudson J.A. and Harrison J.P. Engineering Rock Mechanics and introduction to the principles. Permagon 2005 [Library]
Set Atlas Powder Company Explosives and Rock Blasting    Field Technical Operations, Atlas Powder Company 1987 [Library]
Set Wylie D.C. and Mah C.W. Rock Slope Engineering 4th Edition Spon Press 2004 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSMM177, CSMM178, CSMM179, CSMM180
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 05 October 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mining professional, Surface Mining, Slope stability.