Advanced Mineral Processing (Previously: Mineral Processing) - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignments (30%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,430.00
International 2,680.00

This unit was previously known as EXM504 Advanced Mineral Processing (Previously: Mineral Processing) .

This unit incorporates the main aspects of mineral processing. It 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. The unit covers 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. As well, froth flotation of minerals, coagulation, flocculation, agglomeration, dewatering of concentrates and tailings disposal are covered.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. discuss physical concepts underpinning the processes used in mineral sampling, comminution, particle sizing, mineral concentration and dewatering of concentrates and tailings
  2. complete metallurgical accounting exercises
  3. perform a particle size analysis
  4. discuss the differences between crushing and grinding in terms of flowsheet, objectives, outcome
  5. identify the equipment involved in a comminution circuit (including crushers, grinders and sizing equipment)
  6. produce a preliminary design for a comminution circuit
  7. design a sampling protocol
  8. design a preliminary concentration circuit for sulfide and non-sulfide ores
  9. discuss the various types of process control in mineral processing
  10. perform calculations of the type given in tests and encountered in laboratory exercises.
  • Assignments (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Test (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EXM504 — Advanced Mineral Processing (Previously: Mineral Processing)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Some applied mathematics or calculus/matrix algebra knowledge is assumed.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to mineral processing
2Sampling and metallurgical accounting
3Ore characterisation, theory and practice of comminution
4Industrial screening and classification
5Design and operation of gravity circuits
6Magnetic and electrostatic separation
7Froth flotation: fundamentals, flotation of sulfide and non-sulfide ores, kinetics and modelling
8Agglomeration, flocculation and sedimentation
9Thickening: design and equipment
10Centrifuge dewatering and drying
11Tailings disposal
12Process control

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Wills' Mineral Processing Technology: An Introduction


    ISBN: 9780080970530


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