RSE3040 - Mining systems - 2019

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 Danqi Li

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


MNE2010 or RSE2010


MNE3040 and MNE3050


This unit covers underground and surface mining methods and equipment selection for the optimum performance of underground and surface operations. The unit provides a detailed understanding of mining processes and systems engineering along with their key drivers in modern open-cut and underground operations. For each of the mining methods explored consideration is given to the mining cycle and access design - eg shafts and/or declines and materials handling. Through practical applications, student will explore the selection of optimal mining systems. For each of the mining systems covered, core risk identification and mitigation is considered.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Analyse the life cycle of a mining project and understand the fundamentals of systems engineering.
  2. Analyse the productivity of a mining system and formulate measures to make it safer, more efficient and sustainable.
  3. Assess the core risks associated with the mining systems.
  4. Select between the surface and underground mining methods in line with the required equipment for the operation of a range of surface and underground mines.
  5. Appreciate the elements required to design and operate a modern surface and/or underground mining operation.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

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, 2 hours practice classes and 8 hours of private study per week.

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