Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM191 - Mineral Property Management and Law (2020)

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MODULE TITLEMineral Property Management and Law CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSMM191 MODULE CONVENERMr Kim Moreton (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 10 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

The focus of the module is the sustainable management of land assets with a focus on mineral properties and brownfield land.  This module is interdisciplinary in nature, recommended for interdisciplinary pathways; and designed to furnish the student with research and reporting skills and with experience and awareness of the methodologies and standards required in practice by professional bodies, such as the RICS, ICE and IOMMM.

This module is aligned with the Minerals and resources pathway for the RICS and relates to the designation of Chartered Minerals Surveyor. This module is compulsory for RICS accreditation, and will open career pathways for students of other mineral and resource focussed programmes.  It grounds the student in the knowledge and skills that are mandated for the Professional accreditation pathways for Environmental Surveyors, Mineral Surveyors and Land Surveyors.

AIMS - intentions of the module

To develop an understanding of the principles of land management concepts and issues in the development and re-development, or restoration and remediation of, industrial and non-fuel mineral development land. The legal responsibilities and role of the Surveyor, as an appointed professional, will be paramount to the course content.

The module will introduce concepts of highest and best use of land and resources, legal aspects and definitions of land and resource ownership, and:

- Quantitative and qualitative evaluation and reporting of land and land condition;

- Mineral ownership and development;

- Ethics, fraud and land crime;

- Legal structures of ownership, transfer and conveyance, and liability;

- Marketing and financing issues;

- Communities and stakeholders, land access issues;

- Sustainable development principles;

- International frameworks and norms applicable to land tenure, investment, conservation and mineral working.

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 Demonstrate a working knowledge of philosophies of land management, to include the sustainable use of land and the economics of sustainability;

2 Demonstrate the ability to observe, record, analyse and evaluate land condition, value and worth; and formulate appropriate recommendations for land management options and land stewardship;

3 Demonstrate the ability to structure, publish and present professional opinion in a commercial context;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

4 Synthesize complex arguments based on a mix of economic indicators, site characterization and comparative market data;

5 Understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Surveyor;

6 Understanding of mineral rights and permits in the UK and other jurisdictions;

7 Interpretation and application of legal and technical knowledge pertaining to mining operations and mineral properties and resource valuations;

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:

8 Decision making in complex and dynamic situations;

9 Knowledge and experience of use of complex data sets, legacy documentation;

10 Independent learning ability required for continuing professional development (RICS, IOM3, CEng);

11 Develop the ability to communicate complex mineral extraction development and permitting information to non-cognate audiences;

12 Understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities of the Surveyor.

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

(To be confirmed, based on module structure for 2019/20).

Outline:

- Concepts of price, value and worth, land law and the case for minerals and mineral rights;

- Mining and mineral extraction in the current global economic and geopolitical context;

- Due diligence and pre-feasibility reporting. Assessment of the current status of land markets;

- Effects of supply and demand on valuation and highest/best use of land and buildings; Land condition; the Environmental Damage Regulations; Methods of valuation, market valuation and taxation, mineral rights and severance, rights of support and ground stability issues;

- End-of-life mine planning and liabilities associated with former mineral sites;

- Minimum 2 x Field trips to a successfully repurposed former mining site and to one of the UKs largest operational mineral extraction sites.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 44.00 Guided Independent Study 106.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 36 Formal lectures. Guided introduction of materials and notes, open discussion and debate.  Guest lectures from the UK Head of Minerals, VOA, practising Chartered Minerals surveyors and Lawyers specialising in mining law. Review and comment on markets, industry trends and options for professional development and recruitment.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 8 Group research with oral presentations. Research themes include climate change and the geopolitical pressures on land ownership, conservation and investment. Guided discussion and debate, with informal peer review.
Guided Independent Study 106 Guided Independent Study including Field Trips with guided tasks, coaching and instruction on techniques and current best practice – ungraded but will form foundation for assignment work and will assist with dissertation projects and preparation for research or professional advancement.

 

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
Oral feedback throughout the module As required 1-12 As requested, ‘on the spot’ if circumstances require
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 60 Written Exams 40 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written assignment, Pre-feasibilty report on mineral property development, based on local site, field work and case study analysis 60 12 p.p. / 3000 words 1-11 Written
Examination 40 2 hours 1-11 Written

 

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
Written Assignment/Examination Variant of Written Assignment/Examination 1-11 August Ref/Def Period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As directed by DoE / UoE policy at time of re-assessment.

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/

Web based and Electronic Resources:

The Law Relating to Mineral Working and Mineral Landholdings, RICS Briefing paper

International Comparative Guide to Mining Law 2017, ICLG

Valuation of Development Land, RICS Information Paper

Form and Structure of Mineral Option and Lease, RICS Guidance Note

Boundaries: Procedures for Boundary Identification, Demarcation and Dispute Resolution, 3rd ed., RICS Guidance Note

Other Resources:

The Mineral Estate Surveyors Handbook, Vincent, Powell & Troman (draft edition - print release date TBC)

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Spitz, K. and Trudinger, J. Mining and the Environment: From Ore to Metal 1st CRC Press 2008 [Library]
Set Kesler, S.E. and Simon, A.F. Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment 2nd Cambridge 2015 [Library]
Set Bogusz, B. and Sexton, R. Complete Land Law: Text, Cases and Materials 4th Oxford 2015 [Library]
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 Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 17 September 2020
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mineral; Property; Land Management; Law