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Engineering Design Project (ENG457)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Students learn to apply the principles of extractive metallurgical project design at pre-feasibility stage including project planning, management, process design, flowsheet development, equipment selection, OHE&S and cost analysis. A written report and oral defence covering all project aspects will be submitted by each student team working on a specified metal/mineral extraction process. The unit is supported by Minerals Tertiary Education Council and is run in conjunction with University of Queensland and the Western Australian School of Mines.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
2.2.1. Knowledge of discipline
i. Design a metallurgical process and plant at a concept level of complexity that includes
a process flow diagram (PFD) and equipment, and mass and energy balances
generated using appropriate software;
ii. Formulate a project management plan;
iii. Critically analyse available processing options and select an appropriate one given a
set of mineralogical and metallurgical data;
iv. Develop and optimise the selected process using sound design and metallurgical
principles and design tools;
v. Develop an appropriate plant layout;
vi. Develop an appropriate process control scheme including some control loops;
vii. Assess the economic feasibility of the project.
2.2.2. Broader Contextual Knowledge
i. Outline specific environmental, and occupational health and safety (OH&S) issues for
the project;
ii. Address sustainability and social issues relevant to the design project.
2.2.3. Creative thinking and problem solving
i. Demonstrate an ability to deal with uncertainty in a professional context;
ii. Demonstrate sound judgment and justification in the process selection, and equipment
selection and sizing, to a particular project, based on the use of published information,
prior knowledge and other sources.
2.2.4. Communication skills
i. Compose written reports at a professional level that demonstrate knowledge of client
requirements and effective use of presentation of data, i.e. appropriate use of tables and
figures, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation;
ii. Conduct a professional-level technical presentation including the use of electronic
visual aids such as PowerPoint.
2.2.5. Teamwork Skills, Interpersonal Skills
Work productively, both as an individual and as a team member.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials: equivalent to an average of 5 hours per week; project meetings as arranged by the Unit Coordinator.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit designed to give final year extractive metallurgy and chemical and metallurgical engineering students an in-depth experience at working as a team in designing a mineral processing plant. The unit is intended to act as the quintessential vehicle for students to integrate all the technical content included in their undergraduate study, with the ultimate goal of completing a design for a commodity specific processing plant. Student groups are formed across university boundaries and the assigned project uses relevant industry data. The teams must apply their knowledge of mineral processing within limitations of a described ore body, economic, geographic and social parameters and energy and carbon constraints. All participants are given instruction in the use of a modelling software program which students use to model their flow sheets and produce steady-state mass and energy balances. A key component of the unit is a week-long industry based workshop conducted at the beginning of the semester, which is attended by all participating students. This rigorous face-to-face induction sets the tone for the semester-long project and allows students to develop working relationships with members of their design team. These relationships continue after students have returned to their home universities and throughout the unit.
Assessment Students submit three design phase reports worth a combined 45% and one final report worth 35%. The design phase reports are formative assessments and the final report is a summative assessment of the individual and group effort. The design phase reports come at the end of a defined period and feedback is provided within two weeks of submission. In addition, students are required to submit and address one peer review report and give one video presentation of the progress in their group project, each worth 5% of the marks for the unit. An individual oral defence of the design project outcomes is given after the completion of the final report and it is worth 10% of the marks in the unit.
Prerequisites Students need to have completed EXM301 Mineral Processing (or both ENG328 Mineral Processing I and ENG329 Mineral Processing II); EXM302 Advanced Mineral Processing (or ENG325/EXM358 Pyrometallurgy); and EXM357 Extractive Metallurgy (or ENG326 Hydrometallurgy); or alternatives approved by the Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EXM435 Advanced Topics in Extractive Metallurgy or EXM435 Metallurgical Process and Plant Design may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: EXM435
2013: 'Metallurgical Process and Plant Design'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)) [New in 2015]
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