Practical Metallurgical Processing - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.25 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Supplemented
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assessment - Demonstrator Assessment (5%) , Report - Laboratory Reports (80%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 4,860.00
International 5,110.00

This unit was previously known as EXM513 Practical Metallurgical Processing .

Please Note: This unit is a double unit taken as a standard load over two consecutive study periods (SP1+SP2 or SP3+SP4).

This unit comprises a series of practical laboratory sessions that consolidate the theory and practice of process mineralogy, mineral processing, and extractive metallurgy unit operations (hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical). Laboratory exercises will first focus on mineralogical exercises including mineral and rock identification. Students will then work with industry-relevant mineral processing equipment to complete a set of mineral processing exercises including crushing, grinding, classification, physical and physicochemical methods of separation and concentration, flotation and dewatering. Students will experience working with pyrometallurgical equipment to studying drying, roasting, smelting processes including fire assay, and use hydrometallurgical equipment to study leaching, solvent extraction, ion exchange, carbon-in-pulp gold processing and electrowinning. A series of exercises examining fluid flow, viscosity, mass transfer, and reactor mixing will also be completed. Practical, laboratory, experimental design, data analysis and scientific report writing skills will be developed. The application of thermokinetic and kinetic principles to extractive metallurgy will be emphasised, and students will learn how to use thermodynamic modelling software and interpret modelling outputs.

Laboratory activities are held on-site at Murdoch University in a 5 week intensive block in March/April (SP1) and August/September (SP3). Please contact the Unit Coordinator, Dr. Drew Parsons ( / +61 8 93606443), for exact dates.

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

  1. apply mineral identification and mineral processing principles and theory to practice
  2. prepare professional technical reports
  3. apply thermodynamic and kinetic principles to the operation of hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical processes.
  • Assessment — Demonstrator Assessment (5%)
  • Report — Laboratory Reports (80%)
  • Test — LabTest-Mineral Identification (15%)

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:

  • EXM506 — Extractive Metallurgy Practicum
  • EXM507 — Mineral Processing Practicum
  • EXM513 — Practical Metallurgical 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.

PLEASE NOTE: EXM130 ceased to be a core unit in the Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy. IT will ONLY be counted towards your degree if you have completed it PRIOR TO STUDY PERIOD 3, 2014.

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  • Some on campus attendance — Students will be expected to attend a compulsory 5-week on-campus laboratory session to complete this unit (approximately 3 days in the lab each week). Students will be expected to spend significant amounts of time outside time-tabled sessions preparing for and writing lab reports from the on-campus sessions. The SP1/SP2 lab session is held in March/April, and the SP3/SP4 lab session in August/September (contact the Unit Coordinator for exact dates).

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Mineral and rock identification
2Fluid flow and pumps
3Viscosity measurements and rheology
4Bond work index
5Fine particle sizing and classification
7Mineral separation and concentration
9Leaching and precipitation
10Solvent extraction and ion exchange
11Carbon-in-pulp and carbon-in-leach
12Cementation, electrowinning and electrorefining
13Metallurgical slags
14Oxidative roasting; Fluidised bed roasting
15Thermodynamic simulations

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

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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