Unsw Mining Thesis Statement

Mining Engineering studies the safe, economic and environmentally responsible recovery, processing, marketing and financial management of mineral resources. In simple terms, mining engineering is about the extraction of natural minerals from the earth and the processing of those minerals into more user-friendly forms. Because extracting minerals from the earth can be destructive, the role of the mining engineer is to figure out how to remove these minerals in a way that minimises the impact on the environment.

Degree Snapshot

UAC CODE: 425300

Program Code: 3707

Min Duration: 4 Years

Semester 2 Entry: No

Assumed Knowledge: HSC Mathematics Extension 1, Physics 

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What is Mining Engineering?

Mining engineering gets a bad rap in some arenas but that's because it is misunderstood. As we've said above, Mining is definitely about removing natural resources from the earth, but the role of mining engineering is to do that in the best possible way that protects the environment from unneccessary damage and services the huge need that our society has for the minerals extracted.

Career Opportunities in Mining Engineering

With a degree in Mining Engineering from UNSW you could end up working in the field or in the office; at mine sites and in capital cities. Mining engineers enjoy fruitful careers in Australia as well as overseas. You might choose to work in technical roles such as drilling or blasting engineering or in consulting, project management, research and development or government policy and planning.

Professional Recognition

UNSW's Mining Engineering degree is accredited by Engineers Australia, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the corresponding professional bodies in the USA, UK and other overseas countries. The degree is also accredited for Statutory Mine Managers Certificates, both coal and metalliferous, throughout Australia and overseas.

Dual Engineering Degrees

There are also dual awards with Advanced Mathematics, Advanced Science, Computer Science and Music.

Degree Course Structure

A typical program sequence is shown below:

Year 1

Mathematics, Physics, Engineering Computing, Engineering Design and electives including: Engineering Mechanics, Mining Resources Engineering, Fundamentals of Geology, Engineering Materials and Chemistry

Year 2

Engineering Mathematics, Mining Project Development, Fluids and Thermodynamics, Numerical Methods and Statistics, Structural Mechanics, Minerals and Processing, Mining Services, General Education

Year 3

Resource Estimation and Evaluation, Mining Geomechanics, Mining Systems, Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining, Mine Planning, Mine Ventilation, Rock Breakage, and one of Minerals and Processing, Advanced Minerals Processing, Surface Mining Systems, Underground Mining Systems, General Education

Year 4

Mine Design and Project Feasibility, Mine Geotechnical Engineering, Mine Research Project-Planning, Mine Management, Mine Research Project Thesis, and one of Advanced Mine Ventilation, Mining Equipment Optimisation, Mining in a Global Environment, General Education, Surface Mining Systems, Underground Mining Systems, Advanced Minerals Processing, Advanced Geotechnical Engineering

Further Enquiries

Tel: +61 2 9385 5006

Email: School Office

Compliance with University and School Policies

Every assignment submitted for assessment for a course within the School must comply with the relevant University Policies and School Policies including those related to plagiarism. Attached to each assignment must be a declaration signed by student acknowledging they have read and understood these policies and that the assignment complies with these policies.

It is incumbent on students to read these policies and make themselves aware of their obligations. Non-compliance can result in severe penalties being applied ranging from a zero mark for an assignment through to failure in a course and/or exclusion from the university.

If a student has any question related to these policies or their obligations then in the first instance they should discuss these with the relevant Course Convenor or with the Director - Undergraduate Studies in the School.

Method of assignment submission

All assignments for courses in the School are required to be submitted as an electronic document in the manner prescribed below unless it is specifically stated that a hardcopy will be accepted in the assignment briefing document. In the case of a team/group submission, each team/group member is equally accountable to ensure the submission requirements are complied with.

If an assignment is not submitted in accordance with the submission requirements then it will be deemed as being non-compliant. Non-compliant submissions may result in penalties being applied up to and including the assignment not being marked and/or zero marks being awarded to the student or, in the case of a team submission zero marks to all students in the team.

Coversheets

All work submitted for marking in hardcopy form, must be accompanied by an appropriate coversheet, which includes a statement about its originality. The coversheet must be signed  by all group members. Unsigned work may not be marked. 

•    Individual project coversheet
•    Group project coversheet

Other requirements

Whenever an assignment is required to be prepared in the form of a report then it must conform with the requirements as laid out in the MEA Report Writing Guide(RWG). This includes ensuring all references are cited in the report using the nominated author/year system as detailed in the RWG. Non-compliance will generally result in penalty marks being deducted for the assignment.

If there were extenuating circumstances that may have impacted on the student in meeting these submission requirement then they are advised to apply to the University for Special Consideration. Only following official acceptance and notification from the University will these circumstances be given any consideration.

Finally, students are advised to retain a copy of every assignment submitted for assessmentfor their own record. From time to time assignments can be lost or mislaid and a student may be asked to re-submit the assignment.

Submission requirements: electronic documents

  1. An item of assessment must be submitted using the Assignment Upload Facility (AUF) contained within the relevant Learning and Teaching Management System (LTMS) for the course - Moodle, unless specifically stated otherwise in the assignment briefing document. See the Course Outline for further details.
  2. Use of any other form of electronic medium such as email or, a submission that is made in hardcopy form that was required to be in electronic form will be considered non-compliant and not marked.
  3. All uploads to the AUF must be completed before the scheduled assignment due date and time. The facility will usually be blocked and no further submissions permitted after the deadline. The facility will automatically record the date and time of submission. Students are advised to submit well before the deadline in case there is an issue with submission.
  4. In many cases the AUF may only permit one submission from each student/team for an assignment. Hence the student/team must ensure all editing and proof reading is completed prior to upload.
  5. Each assignment must be submitted as a single PDF file unless specifically stated otherwise in the assignment briefing document. An assignment submitted in any other file format, for example as an MS Word, MS Excel or other file type will be non-compliant and not marked. Similarly an assignment consisting of more than one electronic file or with links to other files will be non-compliant and not marked.
  6. The student/team must use the following file naming convention for the assignment: 
    < StudentFamilyNameInitial_CourseCode_AssignmentNumber >. 
    A typical filename would be < SmithP_3230_A02 > which corresponds to:
    • Student Family Name: Smith
    • Student First Initial: P
    • Course Code: MINE3230
    • Assignment number: A02...as defined in the Course Outline and/or Assignment Briefing document
  7. Only the original submitted PDF document will be marked. It is incumbent on the student/team members to ensure the document is complete and readable. No allowance will be made for nor correspondence entered into about missing information such as a formulae, poor/inappropriate choice of colours or, an image that is unclear etc.
  8. The first page in the file must contain a completed copy of the School Assignment Coversheet signed by the student or in the case of a team/group assignment, signed by all students in the group/team. Coversheets are available for individual and team-based assignments. Where the assignment document has been prepared for submission using the official School report template that has embedded in it on page 2 the Declaration of Academic Integrity then the Assignment Coversheet with signatures is not required.
  9. Marks will be awarded only to the student(s) whose name(s) and signature(s) appears on the Coversheet for the report. Student signature(s) is not required if official School template is used. Any student who was otherwise in a team but whose name and signature is missing from the Coversheet will be considered as not having contributed to the assignment and hence will be awarded zero marks for that assignment.
  10. In many instances, the assignment submission facility will be linked to Turnitin, a similarity checking system.
  11. When submitting an assignment via Turnitin, students are advised the file should contain the final edited and proof copy.

Submission requirements: hardcopy documents

  1. Whenever a hardcopy or printed copy of an assignment is required then it must be made via the Assignment Submission Box located adjacent to the School Reception, Rm 159, First Floor, Old Main Building.
  2. The assignment must be presented in a professional manner stapled in the top left hand corner or bound securely using a plastic binding comb along the left hand margin between a clear plastic front cover and black backing board. The assignment must NOT be contained in a protective plastic sleeve.
  3. All material must be submitted no later than 4:00pm on required due date which is the default final submission time unless an alternate time has been specified in the assignment briefing. All submissions made before 4:00pm on a business day will be date stamped for that day. Submissions made after 4:00pm will be date stamped the next business day. The date stamp is the official record of the submission date.
  4. Attached to the front of the submission must be a completed copy of the School Assignment Coversheetsigned by the student or in the case of a team/group assignment, signed by all students in the group/team. Coversheets are available for individual and team-basedassignments.
  5. The Coversheet must include the student's name and student number, relevant course name and course code, name of assignment, lecturer, submission due date and total number of pages.
  6. If a CD is included in the submission then the student/team should ensure that it is firmly attached to the submission. Both the CD and all electronic files contained on the CD must be properly labeled as indicated above.
  7. Whenever appropriate, material submitted in the form of a report must always be prepared to a suitable professional standard including that it be typed and appropriately formatted in accordance with the RWG.

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