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 course deals with the theoretical principles and practical methodologies associated with mine planning. As part of the planning process a range of issues have to be considered including sustainability, statutory requirements and community expectations, mining method selection and mine layout, scheduling, equipment selection, cost estimation and economic evaluation, pre-feasibility studies and risk analysis.


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

  1. Demonstrate comprehension of the mine planning process
  2. Apply specialised mining software and spreadsheets to implement mine planning
  3. Analyse and evaluate financial plans and critically assess their impact on the economic environment of mining operations and planning
  4. Design mine schedules and compare and evaluate different alternatives based on sequencing, timing and costs
  5. Design realistic, properly integrated feasibility models of mining projects, based on defensible cost and revenue assumptions, and permitting sensitivity analysis to identify the critical assumptions and their impact
  6. Design long term mine plans with consideration of life-cycle analysis


Closed book examination (3 Hours): 50%
Assignments/Practical/project work (continuous assessment): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, practical, project work) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

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Workload requirements

3 hours lecture, 2 hours practice class, 7 hours private study per week