Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering

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UAC Code: 
425300
93
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
T3 Entry: 
Yes
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What's it all about?

■  Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering studies the safe, economic and environmentally responsible recovery, processing, marketing and financial management of mineral resources. In simple terms, Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering is about the extraction of natural minerals from the earth and the processing of those minerals into more user-friendly forms with minimal environmental impact.

What does it include?

■  The degree provides a comprehensive understanding of how complex mining systems work together to service the global need for minerals. It gives students a solid foundation in fundamental engineering principles and essential elements of mining, like geomechanics, ventilation, mine planning, and mineral processing. To get you work ready, you'll apply these skills through 60 days of approved industry training.

Where will you work?

■  With a degree in Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering from UNSW you could end up working in the field or in the office; at mine sites and in capital cities. Mining engineers enjoy fruitful careers in Australia as well as overseas. You might work in technical roles such as drilling, or in consulting, project management, research and development, or government policy.

Dual degrees

■  Dual degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our dual degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Sample Program Outlines*

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
L1 ENG Elective Engineering Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1300 Engineering Mechanics This is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
L1 ENG Elective Engineering Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
MINE2810 Minerals and Processing GEOS1111 or CVEN3201 is a prerequsite for this course. This course provides students with an understanding of the principles behind processing methods used in the minerals industry.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG2400 Mechanics of Solids 1 Prereq: ENGG1300 and MATH1231/41. An introduction to the strength of materials: revision of statics and properties of sections.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E This course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Dual Degree with Physics will need to complete MATH2121 (or MATH2221 if you want the more challenging course) instead of MATH2019.
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Stats Offered all year round. Prerequisite: MATH1231/41. For Dual Degrees with Physics, this course is a prerequisite for PHYS3112.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATS2005 Introduction to Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer This course provides an introduction to fluid flow and heat transfer which will be required for MINE3510 - Mine Ventilation.
MINE2010 Mining Project Development MINE1010 is a prerequisite for this course
MINE2610 Mining Services This course provides an introduction to electrical engineering and surveying, each of half a term in length.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
General Education General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
General Education General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
MINE3510 Mine Ventilation MINE2500 or ENGG2500 or MATS2005 is a prerequiste for this course. This course is about the provision of a safe underground working environment through the use of ventilation to remove air contaminant and other hazardous consequences including fires, radiation etc

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3220 Resource Estimation MINE2010 or CVEN3201 is a prerequsite for this course unless studying a double dgree. This course covers how mineral resources are estimated and modelled.
MINE3310 Mining Geomechanics MINE2310 or ENGG2400 is a prerequiste for this course.
MINE3430 Mining Systems MINE2010 or CVEN3031 is a prerequiste for this course unless studying a double dgree. This course covers the various mining systems which are used in surface and underground mines.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3230 Mine Planning MINE3220 is a prerequiste for this course. This course covers the process of mine design, scheduling and evaluation used at mines.
MINE3910 Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining This course explores the social and environmental impacts of mining.
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Experience Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity Gain international exposure and/or industry experience

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE4250 Hardrock Mine Design and Feasability Project MINE3230 is a prerequiste for this course. This course takes students through a feasability study and the design of a Hard Rock mine.
MINE4310 Mine Geotechnical Engineering MINE3310 is a prerequiste for this course. The application of geotechnical engineering to solves of both underground and surface mining problems.
Thesis A Research Thesis (1/3) Research Thesis (1/3)

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
MINE4260 Coal Mine Design and Feasability Project MINE4250 is a prerequiste for this course. This course takes students through a feasability study and design of a coal mine.
MINE4710 Mine Management The course provides an understanding of management principles and perspectives vital to a mine manager's successful running of a mining enterprise. Prerequisite:MINE3430.
Thesis B Research Thesis (2/3) Research Thesis (2/3)

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3630 Rock Breakage MINE3430 is a prerequiste for this course. This course covers explosive and non-explosive methods used to fracture rocks for easier removal.
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
Thesis C Research Thesis (3/3) Research Thesis (3/3)

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
ENGG1811 Computing for Engineers This course is for engineering students to acquire computing skills for solving computational problems such as simulation, numerical methods, process control and information management.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.
MINE2010 Mining Project Development MINE1010 is a prerequisite for this course
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Discipline Elective Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
ENGG1300 Engineering Mechanics This is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
MINE1010 Mineral Resources Engineering MINE1010/GEOS1111 are recommended suggested electives. MATS1101 is an alternate suggested elective. GEOS1111 is a prerequisite for MINE2810.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG2400 Mechanics of Solids 1 Prereq: ENGG1300 and MATH1231/41. An introduction to the strength of materials: revision of statics and properties of sections.
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Stats Offered all year round. Prerequisite: MATH1231/41. For Dual Degrees with Physics, this course is a prerequisite for PHYS3112.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2303 Structural Analysis and Modelling Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
MATS2005 Introduction to Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer This course provides an introduction to fluid flow and heat transfer which will be required for MINE3510 - Mine Ventilation.
MINE2610 Mining Services This course provides an introduction to electrical engineering and surveying, each of half a semester in length.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2101 Engineering Construction Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3202 Soil Mechanics An introductory course to fundamentals of soil mechanics.
MATH2019 Engineering Mathematics 2E This course is a prerequisite for MMAN2300 and MMAN3200. Students enrolled in a Dual Degree with Physics will need to complete MATH2121 (or MATH2221 if you want the more challenging course) instead of MATH2019.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
General Education General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
MINE3430 Mining Systems MINE2010 or CVEN3031 is a prerequiste for this course unless studying a double dgree. This course covers the various mining systems which are used in surface and underground mines.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2401 Sustainable Transport and High Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
MINE3910 Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining This course explores the social and environmental impacts of mining.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
MINE2810 Minerals and Processing GEOS1111 or CVEN3201 is a prerequsite for this course. This course provides students with an understanding of the principles behind processing methods used in the minerals industry.
MINE3510 Mine Ventilation MINE2500 or ENGG2500 or MATS2005 is a prerequiste for this course. This course is about the provision of a safe underground working environment through the use of ventilation to remove air contaminant and other hazardous consequences including fires, radiation etc
MINE3630 Rock Breakage MINE3430 is a prerequiste for this course. This course covers explosive and non-explosive methods used to fracture rocks for easier removal.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3220 Resource Estimation MINE2010 or CVEN3201 is a prerequsite for this course unless studying a double dgree. This course covers how mineral resources are estimated and modelled.
MINE3310 Mining Geomechanics MINE2310 or ENGG2400 is a prerequiste for this course.
MINE4250 Hardrock Mine Design and Feasability Project MINE3230 is a prerequiste for this course. This course takes students through a feasability study and the design of a Hard Rock mine.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3031 Civil Engineering Practices Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
MINE3230 Mine Planning MINE3220 is a prerequiste for this course. This course covers the process of mine design, scheduling and evaluation used at mines.
MINE4710 Mine Management The course provides an understanding of management principles and perspectives vital to a mine manager's successful running of a mining enterprise. Prerequisite:MINE3430.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Experience Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity Gain international exposure and/or industry experience

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3303 Steel Structures Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
MINE4310 Mine Geotechnical Engineering MINE3310 is a prerequiste for this course. The application of geotechnical engineering to solves of both underground and surface mining problems.
Thesis A Research Thesis (1/3) Research Thesis (1/3)

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3304 Concrete Structures Refer to the UNSW Handbook.
MINE4260 Coal Mine Design and Feasability Project MINE4250 is a prerequiste for this course. This course takes students through a feasability study and design of a coal mine.
Thesis B Research Thesis (2/3) Research Thesis (2/3)

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3101 Engineering Operations and Control This subject is an introduction to the general principles of the organisation and control of engineering operations.
General Education General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
Thesis C Research Thesis (3/3) Research Thesis (3/3)

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.