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MIN2003 Mine Operations and Management

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 1 July 2022


Examiner: Habib Alehossein


Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: SVY1500


The operation and management of a mine site involves techniques and practices which are unique to the mining environment. Para-professional mining personnel are often intimately involved in mine site operations and therefore need to have an understanding of these techniques and practices. The purpose of this course is to provide a background to the mine operations and management which will equip the graduate to participate in many of the day-today activities associated with the running of a mine.

The operation of a mine draws on a wide range of skills. In large mines, the para-professional may well specialise in a small number of areas such as contract administration or mine monitoring. In smaller mining operations, the para-professional will need to adopt many varied roles. This course provides a background to the operation of typical mines which will enable the graduate to undertake work in some of the major areas concerned with the day-to-day operation of a mine, including multi-task scheduling, contract administration and mine surveying.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Explain the key factors of mining and mine management, operations and processes.
  2. Evaluate quality systems and control to ensure consistent and reliable quality for day-to-day mine operations including total quality management;
  3. Apply efficient mine operation scheduling operations based on the critical path method (CPM) and associated charting control techniques;
  4. Describe the functions of a mine survey office and basic surveying tasks and jobs.
  5. Explain exploration surveying methods including GIS and seismic reflection and refraction methods.
  6. Devise and implement effective surveying control systems for open cut.
  7. Devise and implement effective surveying control systems for underground.
  8. Describe the principles of contract law applying in Australia, and be able to effectively administer simple contracts and sub-contracts;
  9. Describe contract tasks and responsibilities, and principles of contract administration and tendering process.
  10. Discuss the responsibilities of contractors and subcontractors and their payments, penalties and dispute resolution regulations and procedures.
  11. Discuss the requirements and methods of site cost control and be able to design and evaluate cost control systems to effectively monitor mining costs for short and long term durations;
  12. Survey material quantity and analyse and implement systems for materials, equipment, plant and labour control on a mine site.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mining processes and mine operations 6.00
2. Quality systems and quality control for mine operations 6.00
3. Scheduling of mining operations 12.00
4. Functions of a mine survey office 6.00
5. Exploration surveys and surveying 8.00
6. Open cut mine surveying 8.00
7. Underground metalliferous and coal mine surveying 8.00
8. Contract types and law 8.00
9. Contract administration 12.00
10. Sub-contracts, payments and contract disputes 8.00
11. Costing and financial management 10.00
12. Control of materials, plant and labour 8.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Written Quiz No 10 1,2
Assignments Written Problem Solving No 15
Assignments Written Problem Solving No 25
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Date printed 1 July 2022