ENV3639 - Minerals and energy - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Gippsland School of Applied Science and Engineering


Dr Vincent Verheyen

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit focuses on environmental management issues relevant to the extraction and production of minerals and energy; and the environmental impacts of these processes. Aspects covered include economic geology, recovery of resources, renewable resources, economic use of energy in conversion to products, basic economics of world trade including material balance, and policies for conservation of the environment as well as the resource. Study guides and a reader (including case studies) will be issued to guide the student in each topic area. Laboratory/tutorials/field work will enhance the theory. Students will be encouraged to develop and express their own views on strategies for alternative/renewable energy sources and materials for a sustainable future.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe mechanisms for deposition, distribution and discovery of resources;
  2. Discuss methods of recovery, upgrading, value-adding and the material balance of global trade;
  3. Discriminate between good and poor conservation or resource management practises;
  4. Present a balanced view of industrial and environmental needs;
  5. Make value judgements on the importance of sustainable resource development;
  6. Demonstrate awareness of factors leading to the need for implementing alternatives to mineral and energy resources and plan effectively for future needs.


Examination: 50%

Assignment: 30%

Laboratory-field work: 20%

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including home study, field work, plus optional 2 days on-campus at vacation school

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