Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Jerry Tien


This unit covers the feasibility design of surface and/or underground hard rock mining operations. As part of the mine design process 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 process. The design is undertaken by teams which are required to prepare and present a feasibility study report. Teamwork, project management and presentations skills are assessed, in addition to the technical analysis and content of the final design.


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

  • develop a feasibility plan for a hard rock mine project
  • develop and evaluate specifics of hard rock deposit characteristics in mine layout, production planning, equipment selection, mine reclamation with life-cycle analysis considerations suitable for developing a feasibility design
  • analyse and evaluate various engineering planning concepts such as capital budgeting, cut-off grades, breakeven analysis, pit and underground layout optimization to develop a feasibility design
  • prepare a sensitivity analysis based on empirical and market cost and revenue assumptions and their impacts on predetermined corporate goals
  • produce a feasibility study plan for a hard rock mine project
  • prepare and present the feasibility report to various audiences


Individual and group written reports and oral presentations: 100%

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Workload requirements

3 hours practice class, 9 hours private study per week