Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)


This unit provides an introduction to mining in a holistic way. It outlines the concept of the mine of the future in relation to technology, automation and innovation, teamwork and interaction with the community and the environment leading to modern mining projects that minimize their environmental footprint. The unit will describe the life cycle of a mine, mining methods, mine ventilation and safety, mineral processing, support infrastructure requirements, introduction to risk management and the roles and responsibility of a mining engineer.


At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and describe the various engineering components employed within the mining industry and how these components interact with each other
  2. describe and summarize efficient, economic and safe mining techniques within an environmentally friendly and socially responsible framework
  3. identify, select and evaluate the processes involved in all stages of the mining life cycle from exploration to operation
  4. describe the importance of sustainability in relation to mining and develop a sustainability framework for a mining project
  5. identify and evaluate risk assessment and management approaches in relation to mining projects
  6. outline the roles and responsibility of a mining engineer


Group project: 30%, Individual assignments: 20% and Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students must pass both the examination and combined project/assignment work to gain a pass in the unit.

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Workload requirements

3 hours of lectures, 2 hours tutorial and 7 hours of private study per week