Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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 degrees in mineral science and extractive metallurgy.
  • Topics

    • Minerals and the Materials Cycle
    • Flowsheets
    • Welcome to Planet Earth
    • Basic Geological Principles and the Dynamic Earth
    • Mineral Resources
    • The Minerals Industry
    • Comminution and Mineral Processing
    • Pyrometallurgy
    • Hydrometallurgy
    • Individual Commodities
    • Occupational Safety and Health (OH&S)
  • Study resources

    • Instructional Methods

      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials

      • Resources and Links

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

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

  • MUR-EXM131


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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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.

  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Assignments (20%)
  • Mid-term Test (30%)

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 subject.

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