Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3042 - Industrial Placement & Project (2020)

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MODULE TITLEIndustrial Placement & Project CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM3042 MODULE CONVENERDr Matthew Eyre (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 20
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Students gain relevant work experience during their summer vacation period between years 2 and 3; undertaking an industrial placement at a surface or underground mine or within a mining-related discipline, often overseas. Research, data analysis and technical report writing skills are then tested in this module; which provides an opportunity for a student to report on their placement and to develop and demonstrate a thorough understanding of a related topic currently seen as important/significant to the mining industry.

AIMS - intentions of the module
Relevant industrial experience is seen as an essential aid to successful employability and a key part of professional accreditation for a graduate mining engineer. Preparation of a technical report summarising the mining operation provides exposure to the reporting standards now prevalent in the mining industry.
Project/review topics will be agreed during the autumn term in collaboration with supervising staff and will usually reflect an aspect of the mining industry related to the recent industrial experience; either suggested/supported by the company or based on an interest sparked by the work undertaken or seen as pertinent to the student’s anticipated career path.
Well-researched and attractively presented reports can be used at job interviews to show the standard of professional work a student is capable of; while the knowledge gained from both the industrial placement and project can provide useful familiarisation when employment commences.
In addition to the individual work placement; an industrial tour will provide an important insight into the key mining processes.
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 Gain skills in data research, acquisition and interpretation;
2 Demonstrate the ability to write a technical report to industry reporting standards;
3 Increase their knowledge about a specific aspect of mining or a related field;
4 Analyse data in order to form a conclusion with respect to a particular aspect of the project. Emphasis is placed on innovative thought and discussion.
 
Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:
5 Demonstrate enhanced report-writing and verbal communication skills;
6 Demonstrate 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
Industrial Placement
During the summer vacation prior to entering the final year, each student is required to obtain practical experience by undertaking a period of at least eight weeks duration working within the mining/minerals related industries. The student is expected to spend time acquiring sufficient information concerning the operation to enable preparation of a satisfactory technical report, c.20 pages, on the operation, to be submitted in the second half of the autumn term. 
An industrial tour which is reported on by students through preparation of an A2 sized poster.
 
Mining Project
During the second semester of the final year, an individual project or literature review is undertaken by each student on a topic related to the course or to the industrial placement undertaken. The exact objectives are agreed by individual negotiation with the module leader. Project/review work culminates in submission of a written report of c.12 pages length at the end of the second term.
 
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 15.00 Guided Independent Study 135.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 5 Introductory briefings, workshops
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 10 Tutorials
Guided independent study 135 There will be no formal lectures.

 

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
Not applicable      

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Poster presentation outlining industrial tour. 15 500 words equivalent 1-5 Pro-forma mark sheet with comments
Industrial placement report 40 c. 20 pages 1, 2, 5, 6 Written feedback sheet with comments
Project/subject review report 45 Approximately 12 pages 1-6 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
Summative assessment Additional summative assessment All August Ref/Def Period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above, one piece of coursework based on referred/deferred element 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:

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

 

Reading list for this module:

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

CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 17 September 2020
KEY WORDS SEARCH Industrial experience; technical report writing; individual research.