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MIN2001 Mining Technology and Mineral Processing

Semester 1, 2021 Online
Short Description: Mining Technology & Mineral Pr
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 030303 - Mining Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Habib Alehossein


Mining is an important activity which contributes significantly to the economy of many countries, including Australia. Mining is a diverse activity which may involve personnel from a wide range of professions and skill areas. Those involved in mining will be able to do their job more effectively if they have an appreciation of the basic processes involved in mining, and where their particular role contributes to the overall mining activity. The mining process utilises various techniques for the extraction of material from the earth and often the valuable material extracted will need to be concentrated before being transported from the mine site. The purpose of this course therefore, is to provide an introduction to mining methods and the processes commonly used for concentration of minerals, in order to aid mining personnel in their understanding of the “big picture” of mining.


The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the methods by which minerals are extracted from the earth, and the common methods used to concentrate the extracted materials prior to final metal production. Mining processes include the digging of open pits, shafts, tunnels and stopes. The main method of breaking rock is by drilling and blasting, and all extracted material needs to be hauled to other areas, so the topics of drilling and blasting and haulage receive detailed coverage. Mining involves much more than the technical operations, hence the course also includes an introduction to topics such as the economics of mining and mine safety.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Outline the history and impact of mining from the ancient world to the present time and discuss the significance of mining in the Australian economy.
  2. Describe basic operations and production methods utilised in surface mining (open pit and strip) and determine factor of safety of pit walls and slopes.
  3. Describe basic operations and production methods utilised in underground mining and determine factor of safety of stopes, roofs, walls and floors in tunnels and roadways.
  4. Describe rock breakage and different functions and types of drills and explosives used in mining.
  5. Design safe, effective and economical drill and blast patterns.
  6. Design safe, stable, effective and economical mine haulage systems.
  7. Identify the potential environmental hazards and risks associated with both surface and underground mining and how to prevent and mitigate mining risks.
  8. Explain minerals origin, formation, occurrence and extraction processes.
  9. Explain mineral processing techniques from fragmentation, comminution, crushing, grinding, concentration, separation, liberation to modern methods of chemo-physical texture characterisation.
  10. Explain various comminution and processing equipment and methods for controlling quality and quantity of processed ore minerals.
  11. Describe basic principles of mine ventilation.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mining – its history and economic significance 5.00
2. Surface mining techniques 10.00
3. Underground mining techniques 10.00
4. Drills and explosives 10.00
5. Drilling and blasting 10.00
6. Haulage 10.00
7. The environment and safety of mining 10.00
8. Mineral deposits -occurrence, extraction and processing 5.00
9. Processing techniques 10.00
10. Control of processing operations 10.00
11. Mine ventilation 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 55.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 250 25 13 Apr 2021
Assignment 2 250 25 17 May 2021
Open Examination - Online 500 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    In a Restricted Examination, candidates are allowed access to specific materials during the examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course

Date printed 14 April 2021