MNE4020 - Design and feasibility project - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Professor Jerry Tien

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit covers the feasibility design of a resources engineering project. As part of the design process a range of factors based on site-specific geological, geographical and engineering conditions are considered, including surface features, layout, equipment selection, staffing and scheduling, cost estimation, risk analysis, sustainability and community expectations. Specialised design software is 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:

  1. Address specifics of site characteristics in layout, conditions, planning, equipment/technology selection, reclamation with life-cycle analysis considerations suitable for developing a feasibility report.
  2. Prioritise financial concepts such as capital budgeting, breakeven analysis, and optimisation in developing a feasibility report.
  3. Demonstrate you have conducted a sensitivity analysis based on market cost and revenue assumptions and their impacts on predetermined corporate goals.
  4. Engage effectively as a member of a team to produce a written report and present the findings to various audiences.


Individual and group written reports and oral presentations: 100%

Workload requirements

3 hours practice class, 9 hours private study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


(MNE3040 and MNE3050) or (MNE2030 and 36 credit points of engineering level 3 units)