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Advanced Mineral Processing (ENG566)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Incorporates the main aspects of mineral processing. Enables students to follow the material in Extractive Metallurgy I and Extractive Metallurgy II, and qualify for professional member status with The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Deals with sampling, particle characterisation, comminution and classification, physical processes of mineral concentration involving dense media and gravity separation, magnetic and electrostatic separation and ore sorting techniques. Froth flotation of minerals, coagulation, flocculation, agglomeration, dewatering of concentrates and tailings disposal are covered.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit the student should be able to:
1. Understand what mineral processing encompasses and apply basic principles for the beneficiation of a target metal or mineral.
2. Understand the fundamentals of comminution (crushing and grinding), gravity, electrostatic, screening, dewatering and flotation.
3. Gain an understanding of the importance of representative sampling, correct sampling methods and the amount required.
4. Learn the fundamental techniques of mineral processing.
5. Gain knowledge of the equipment used in beneficiation.
6. Gain an understanding of how to evaluate and determine the effectiveness of a beneficiation equipment.
7. Be prepared to take subsequent courses in mineral science and extractive metallurgy.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is designed to support students (i) to develop and refine independent learning skills, creative but critical analysis and problem solving skills; (ii) to gain the knowledge on how to access and assess the in-depth professional information and global perspectives via literature and other resources. This will be achieved through lectures focusing on theoretical and practical aspects of Extractive Metallurgy and through self-study exercises that reinforce and extend understanding.
Assessment Three 1-hour open book tests are formative assessment providing feedback to support learning whilst the 3-hour closed book, fully supervised final examination is summative. The tests come at the end of a defined period of learning but are valuable to help students recognise areas needing further development for the final exam. Test and examination questions range from those designed to probe knowledge recall to those designed to probe critical thinking/problem solving skills. A literature review gives students the opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge of the topic of their interests as well as to critically assess the information available in the literature.

Item Weighting %
Three tests 30
Literature Review 15
Final examination 55
Prerequisites Students need to have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, ENG524 Metallurgical Unit Operations and ENG565 Mineralogy for Metallurgists, or have approval by the unit coordinator, prior to enrolling in this unit.
Exclusions Students who have completed EXM504/301 Mineral Processing or ENG324 Principles of Mineral Processing 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.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Fang Xia
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2568
e: F.Xia@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.037 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Fang Xia
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2568
e: F.Xia@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.037 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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