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)
Coordinator(s)Professor Jerry Tien


The unit covers the design of open cut and/or underground coal mine projects. The unit integrates technical, economic, environment, community and management aspects in the de-sign and evaluation of a mining project. A range of factors based on site-specific geological, geographical and engineering considerations are considered, including surface features, mine layout, equipment selection, staffing and scheduling, cost estimation, risk analysis, sustainability, and community expectations. Specialized mine design software are used for short- and long-term planning to facilitate the design. The design is undertaken by teams which are required to prepare and present a final design report. Teamwork, project management and presentations skills are assessed in addition to the technical analysis and con-tent of the final design.


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

  • design a basic coal mine operation
  • develop and evaluate specifics of coal deposit characteristics in mine layout, production planning, equipment selection, mine reclamation with life-cycle analysis considerations
  • analyse and evaluate various issues related to cut-off grades, pit and underground layout optimization, breakeven analysis and capital budgeting to optimize operational performance
  • produce a written report covering all aspects of the final coal mine design
  • prepare and present the findings to various audiences


Individual and group written reports and oral presentations: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours practice class, 9 hours private study per week