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Process Mineralogy (ENG205)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This mineralogy unit is directed towards the needs of extractive metallurgists. It focuses on the characterisation of minerals and materials encountered during mineral processing and metal extraction. It draws upon principles of crystalo-chemistry, and physical chemistry. The mineralogy of principal ores is illustrated and discussed. Practical work provides opportunities to develop technical skills of mineral identification, information access and communication. Mineralogical sciences are increasingly important for mining industry due to complexity of ores and sophisticated technology of metal recovery.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of crystallography, crystal and mineral chemistry that underpins the study of minerals, metals and ceramics by describing and classifying crystal forms and symmetry; explaining chemical and structural variation in minerals.
2. Describe structures of common metals, oxide and sulphide minerals.
3. Source and apply information on the physical properties, chemical composition and structures of the principal ore mineral groups to solve problems encountered in processing minerals.
4. Identify and characterise ~ 30 selected ore and gangue minerals using hand-specimen and reflected light techniques, and correct interpretation of SEM images (including image analysis), x-ray analysis and microprobe data.
5. Demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the main ore deposit types (including gold, copper, lead, zinc, iron, titanium, chrome and uranium), especially those aspects that impact upon mineral processing.
6. Evaluate mineralogical problems encountered in mineral processing, design strategies for their resolution and select appropriate techniques to be applied.
7. Demonstrate in assignments and other work that you are developing skills in communication, information access and analysis, and independent learning.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 and 1 x 1 hours per week; Laboratories: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is designed to provide a physico-chemical framework on which to develop your understanding of ore minerals and the techniques used in their characterisation as the basis for improving mineral processing efficiency and metal recovery. Students will develop an understanding of the theoretical framework of crystallography, crystalo-chemistry that underpins the study of minerals, metals and ceramics. The theoretical and practical exercises will help to describe and classify crystal forms and symmetry of minerals, and link the chemical and structural features of metals, oxides and sulfides in the main types of ore deposit. This unit features aspects that have an impact on mineral processing. Students will learn how to apply various techniques to source and apply information on the physical-chemical properties of minerals and demonstrate in assignments and other work their skills. In addition, in communication, information access and analytical skills, including independent learning are evaluated. On average this unit should take about 10 hours of study time per week.
Assessment Students will be required to submit four 'open book' Assignments (40%) and pass a practical Test (10%) during the study period worth 50% of the total marks of this unit that will contribute to your final grade. You will be asked to sign a declaration, which states that you did not receive assistance from any other person during your work on answering the Assignments. The teaching team will aim to provide you with quality feedback within two weeks of receiving your submission. The final exam will be 50% of the total marks (closed book).
Prerequisites EXM130 Introduction to Earth Science or ENG193 Introduction to the Minerals Industry.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed the unit EXM256 Advanced Mineral Processing may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2014: 'Applied Mineralogy'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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