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MIN2001 Mining Technology and Mineral Processing

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 January 2023


Mining is an important activity which contributes significantly to the economy of many countries, including Australia. Mining is a diverse activity which may involve personnel from a wide range of professions and skill areas. Those involved in mining will be able to do their job more effectively if they have an appreciation of the basic processes involved in mining, and where their particular role contributes to the overall mining activity. The mining process utilises various techniques for the extraction of material from the earth and often the valuable material extracted will need to be concentrated before being transported from the mine site. The purpose of this course, therefore, is to provide an introduction to mining methods and the processes commonly used for concentration of minerals, in order to aid mining personnel in their understanding of the “big picture” of mining.

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the methods by which minerals are extracted from the earth, and the common methods used to concentrate the extracted materials prior to final metal production. Mining processes include the digging of open pits, shafts, tunnels and stopes. The main method of breaking rock is by drilling and blasting, and all extracted material needs to be hauled to other areas, so the topics of drilling and blasting and haulage receive detailed coverage. Mining involves much more than the technical operations, hence the course also includes an introduction to topics such as the economics of mining and mine safety.

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Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 28 January 2023