MNE3040 - Surface mining systems - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Qianbing Zhang

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The unit provides a detailed understanding of surface mining processes and systems and their key drivers in modern open-cut and quarry operations. This includes the consideration of stability, equipment and technology materials handling and transport systems, tailings storage facilities, waste dumps, heap-leach pads and stockpiles. For each of the surface mining systems covered, core risk identification and mitigation is considered.


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

  1. Appreciate the surface infrastructure and handling systems required at mine and quarry operations.
  2. Select appropriate surface mining systems and related equipment / support infrastructure for the operation of a range of surface mines and quarries.
  3. Analyse the productivity of a mining system and formulate measures to make it safer, more efficient and sustainable.
  4. Assess the core risks associated with surface mining systems.


Assignment/Practical/Project work/Tests (continuous assessment): 50%

Closed Book Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component 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.

Workload requirements

2 hours lectures, 3 hours practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week.

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