Introduction to the Minerals Industry - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignments (20%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

This unit was previously known as EXM131 Introduction to the Minerals Industry (Previously: Introduction to Extractive Metallurgy).

The Earth's origin and dynamic nature are explored within the context of plate tectonics, mineral deposits and ores found within its crust. Practical demonstrations of mineral and rock identification and technologies used in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy to recover metals, alloys and value added commodities from ores are presented in laboratories. Major unit operations of mineral processing, pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical flowsheets, financial management, occupational health and safety, sustainability and environmental aspects in the local/global mineral industry are discussed.

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

  1. apply basic chemistry, physics and mathematics to mineral resource processing and flow sheets
  2. understand the fundamental earth dynamics and geological processes involved in resource deposits in order to better appreciate the extractive techniques involved with various metal commodities commonly processed within the mineral resource sector
  3. gain a general insight to the extraction and refinement processes involved in comminution, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy
  4. learn the fundamental economic and financial considerations that impact the mineral resource sector
  5. gain knowledge of the importance of occupational, safety and health (O H & S) concerns of employers and employees
  6. develop an insight to the use of energy and the impacts basic laws of thermodynamics have on sustainability and environmental issues facing the mineral resource sector today
  7. be prepared to take subsequent courses in mineral science and extractive metallurgy.
  • Assignments (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Mid-study period test (30%)
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:

  • EXM131 — Introduction to the Minerals Industry (Previously: Introduction to Extractive Metallurgy)

Knowledge of physical sciences at senior high school level is assumed.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Minerals and the Materials Cycle
3Welcome to Planet Earth
4Basic Geological Principles and the Dynamic Earth
5Mineral Resources
6The Minerals Industry
7Comminution and Mineral Processing
10Individual Commodities
11Occupational Safety and Health (OH&S)

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

  • Resources and Links

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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