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Extractive Metallurgy II (ENG528)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit covers metallurgical processes taking place in an aqueous environment. It considers the principles and applications of pre-treatment, leaching, solution purification and concentration using solvent extraction, ion exchange, carbon adsorption, precipitation and metal recovery using electrowinning/refining for the production of metals or value added commodities using hydrometallurgical processing of ores and concentrates. It also considers practical industrial processes, and discusses overall processes for the recovery of gold, copper, nickel, uranium etc. related to the Australian and global mineral industry.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of these units, students should have a thorough grounding in the principles, both chemical and operational, of the major unit operations involved in the recovery and refining of metals by hydrometallurgical processes. The emphasis will be on understanding and the ability to solve problems as opposed to the regurgitation of qualitative information.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to attend weekly lectures and workshops for internal students which are to demonstrate how the fundamental understanding can be used in problem solving and various aspects of design related to hydrometallurgical unit operations. All students will access on-line learning materials and PowerPoint presentations delivered for internal students via LMS. The self directed learning will involve reading the relevant sections of the unit material and problem solving exercises for each week as well as the use of recommended text books and/or journal articles relevant to some assessments. Regular contact with the unit coordinator and tutors and the use of the forum in LMS is encouraged to communicate with peers and also to develop and refine independent learning skills, creative but critical analysis and problem solving skills; to gain the knowledge on how to access and assess the in-depth professional information and global perspectives via literature and other resources.
Assessment Assessment will involve assignments (15%) , open book tests (15%), critical review of research articles (10%), preparation of PowerPoint slides for a 10 minute presentation (10%) and a closed book supervised 3 hour examination (50%). Students will get feedback on their performance in assignments and class tests during the semester. The feedback on critical review of research articles and PowerPoint presentation slides will be offered during the preparation as well as on the final submission at the end of the semester. The feedback will be on critical thinking and the logical approach to problem solving exercises and the use of assignments and open book tests, critical analysis and review of literature data, report writing and communication.
Prerequisites Students need to have completed ENG524 Metallurgical Unit Operations and ENG565 Mineralogy for Metallurgists prior to enrolling in this unit.
Exclusions Students who have completed EXM357/EXM557 Extractive Metallurgy or ENG326 Hydrometallurgy are not eligible to enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy (GradDipExtMet)
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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Unit Coordinator
ENG528
Associate Professor Gamini Senanayake
Head of Discipline Chemistry and Physics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2833
e: G.Senanayake@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.039 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
ENG528

MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor Gamini Senanayake
Head of Discipline Chemistry and Physics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2833
e: G.Senanayake@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.039 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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