MNE3040 - Surface mining systems - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Dr Hossein Masoumi

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


MNE1010 or (MNE2010 and MNE2030)


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 successful completion of this unit you 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.


Continuous Assessment: 50%

Examination (2 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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