Extractive Metallurgy II (Previously: Extractive Metallurgy) - 2016

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 EXM557 Extractive Metallurgy II.

This unit covers metallurgical processes taking place in an aqueous environment. It considers the principles and applications of leaching, solution purification and metal recovery to the hydrometallurgical processing of metals, 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 mineral industry.

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

  1. list and describe hydrometallurgical unit operations
  2. apply physico-chemical principles to leaching, purification, separation, reduction and metal/value-added recovery
  3. apply thermodynamic and kinetic principles to hydrometallurgical processes and perform thermodynamic and kinetic modelling of hydrometallurgical operations
  4. apply electrochemical principles to metal recovery by cementation, electrowinning and electrorefining
  5. develop, apply and interpret loading and stripping isotherms for solvent extraction, carbon-in-pulp/carbon-in-leach and ion exchange circuits
  6. solve problems related to hydrometallurgical unit operations and troubleshoot problems arising during plant operation
  7. select the most suitable recovery method for metals or value-added products from a given ore or concentrate using hydrometallurgical unit operations and design a flowsheet
  8. discuss the environmental impacts of hydrometallurgy and the methods used for amelioration.
  • 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:

  • EXM557 — Extractive Metallurgy II (Previously: Extractive Metallurgy)

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.

Knowledge of chemical thermodynamics and some applied mathematics or calculus/matrix algebra knowledge is assumed.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1General principles of hydrometallurgy
2Leaching processes
3Precipitation processes
4Separation processes - solvent extraction, ion exchange, carbon-in-pulp/carbon-in-leach
5Reduction processes
6Electrowinning and electrorefining processes

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

  • Printable format materials

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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