Mining Engineering

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425300
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HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
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What's it all about?

■  Mining Engineering studies the safe, economic and environmentally responsible recovery, processing, marketing and financial management of mineral resources. In simple terms, mining 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 Mining 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*

Semester 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.
Read more Engineering Elective It is strongly recommended that students take MINE1010 or MATS1101 as their first Engineering Elective.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
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.
CVEN1300 Engineering Mechanics This is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
Read more Engineering Elective It is strongly recommended that students take GEOS1111 as their second Engineering Elective as it is a prerequisite for MINE2810.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2301 Mechanics of Solids CVEN1300 is a prerequisite for this course. An introduction to the strength of materials: revision of statics and properties of sections
MATH2019 Engineering Maths 2E MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
MINE2010 Mining Project Development MINE1010 is a prerequisite for this course as advised above
MINE2610 Mining Services This course provides an introduction to electrical engineering and surveying

Semester 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
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Statistics MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
MINE2810 Minerals and Processing GEOS1111 or CVEN3201 is a prerequisite for this course. This course provides students with an understanding of the principles behind processing methods used in the minerals industry
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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3220 Resource Estimation MINE2010 or CVEN3201 is a prerequisite for this course unless studying a double degree. This course covers how mineral resources are estimated and modelled.
MINE3310 Mining Geomechanics MINE2310 or CVEN2301 is a prerequisite for this course.
MINE3430 Mining Systems MINE2010 or CVEN3031 is a prerequisite for this course unless studying a double degree. This course covers the various mining systems which are used in surface and underground mines
MINE3910 Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining This course explores the social and environmental impacts of mining.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3230 Mine Planning MINE3220 is a prerequisite for this course. This course covers the process of mine design, scheduling and evaluation used at mines.
MINE3510 Mine Ventilation MINE2500 or CVEN2501 or MATS2005 is a prerequisite 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 prerequisite for this course. This course covers explosive and non-explosive methods used to fracture rocks for easier removal.
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE4440 Mine Research Project I MINE3430 is a prerequisite for this course
MINE4250 Hard Rock Feasibility Project MINE3230 is a prerequisite for this course. This course takes students through a feasibility study and the design of a Hard Rock mine
MINE4310 Mine Geotechnical Engineering MINE3310 is a prerequisite for this course. The application of geotechnical engineering to solves of both underground and surface mining problems.
Read more Discipline Elective Students should select a course that interests them from the list of approved Discipline Electives.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MINE4450 Mine Research Project II The course provides the opportunity to undertake a research project on a mining, minerals engineering or other topic approved by Course Convenor.
MINE4260 Coal Feasibility Project The course will integrate the technical, economic, and management content presented earlier in the mining engineering program
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
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty

Semester 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.
MINE1010 Mineral Resources Engineering MINE1010/GEOS1111 are recommended suggested electives. MATS1101 is an alternate suggested elective. GEOS1111 is a prerequisite for MINE2810
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
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.
CVEN1300 Engineering Mechanics This is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
GEOS1111 Fundamentals of Geology MINE1010/GEOS1111 are recommended suggested electives. MATS1101 is an alternate suggested elective. GEOS1111 is a prerequisite for MINE2810
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry The course is an introduction to organic chemistry and polymers.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2019 Engineering Maths 2E MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
CVEN2301 Mechanics of Solids An introduction to the strength of materials. CVEN1300 and MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
MINE2610 Mining Services This course provides an introduction to electrical engineering and surveying.
MINE2010 Mining Project Development MINE1010 is a prerequisite for this course as advised above
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Statistics MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
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
MINE2810 Minerals and Processing GEOS1111 or CVEN3201 is a prerequisite for this course. This course provides students with an understanding of the principles behind processing methods used in the minerals industry
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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3220 Resource Estimation MINE2010 or CVEN3201 is a prerequisite for this course unless studying a double degree. This course covers how mineral resources are estimated and modelled.
MINE3310 Mining Geomechanics MINE2310 or CVEN2301 is a prerequisite for this course.
MINE3430 Mining Systems MINE2010 or CVEN3031 is a prerequisite for this course unless studying a double degree. This course covers the various mining systems which are used in surface and underground mines
MINE3910 Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining This course explores the social and environmental impacts of mining

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3230 Mine Planning MINE3220 is a prerequisite for this course. This course covers the process of mine design, scheduling and evaluation used at mines.
MINE3510 Mine Ventilation MINE2500 or CVEN2501 or MATS2005 is a prerequisite 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 prerequisite for this course. This course covers explosive and non-explosive methods used to fracture rocks for easier removal.
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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE4250 Hard Rock Mine Design and feasibility Project MINE3230 is a prerequisite for this course. This course takes students through a feasibility study and the design of a Hard Rock mine
MINE4310 Mine Geotechnical Engineering MINE3310 is a prerequisite for this course. The application of geotechnical engineering to solves of both underground and surface mining problems.
MINE4440 Mine Research Project I MINE3430 is a prerequisite for this course.This course is intended to develop the capability and requisite skills of an engineer to build a foundation of knowledge related to a particular problem.
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MINE4260 Coal Mine Design and feasibility Project MINE4250 is a prerequisite for this course. This course takes students through a feasibility study and design of a coal mine
MINE4450 Mine Research Project II MINE4440 is a prerequisite for this course. Continuation of Thesis I
MINE4710 Mine Management MINE3430 is a prerequisite for this course
Read more Commerce Course For UNSW Business Commerce Course information click on the link

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Commerce Course
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Semester 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.
MINE1010 Mineral Resources Engineering MINE1010/GEOS1111 are recommended suggested electives. MATS1101 is an alternate suggested elective. GEOS1111 is a prerequisite for MINE2810
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
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.
CVEN1300 Engineering Mechanics This is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
GEOS1111 Fundamentals of Geology MINE1010/GEOS1111 are recommended suggested electives. MATS1101 is an alternate suggested elective. GEOS1111 is a prerequisite for MINE2810
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry The course is an introduction to organic chemistry and polymers.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2019 Engineering Maths 2E MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
CVEN2301 Mechanics of Solids CVEN1300 and MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
MINE2610 Mining Services This course provides an introduction to electrical engineering and surveying.
MINE2010 Mining Project Development MINE1010 is a prerequisite for this course as advised above
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Statistics MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
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
MINE2810 Minerals and Processing GEOS1111 or CVEN3201 is a prerequisite for this course. This course provides students with an understanding of the principles behind processing methods used in the minerals industry
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
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Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Science Course
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Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3220 Resource Estimation MINE2010 or CVEN3201 is a prerequisite for this course unless studying a double degree. This course covers how mineral resources are estimated and modelled.
MINE3310 Mining Geomechanics MINE2310 or CVEN2301 is a prerequisite for this course.
MINE3430 Mining Systems MINE2010 or CVEN3031 is a prerequisite for this course unless studying a double degree. This course covers the various mining systems which are used in surface and underground mines
MINE3910 Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining This course explores the social and environmental impacts of mining

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3230 Mine Planning MINE3220 is a prerequisite for this course. This course covers the process of mine design, scheduling and evaluation used at mines.
MINE3510 Mine Ventilation MINE2500 or CVEN2501 or MATS2005 is a prerequisite 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 prerequisite for this course. This course covers explosive and non-explosive methods used to fracture rocks for easier removal.
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE4250 Hard Rock Mine Design and feasibility Project MINE3230 is a prerequisite for this course. This course takes students through a feasibility study and the design of a Hard Rock mine
MINE4310 Mine Geotechnical Engineering MINE3310 is a prerequisite for this course. The application of geotechnical engineering to solves of both underground and surface mining problems.
MINE4440 Mine Research Project I MINE3430 is a prerequisite for this course
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MINE4260 Coal Mine Design and feasibility Project MINE4250 is a prerequisite for this course. This course takes students through a feasibility study and design of a coal mine
MINE4450 Mine Research Project II MINE4440 is a prerequisite for this course. Continuation of Thesis I
MINE4710 Mine Management MINE3430 is a prerequisite for this course
Read more Science Course Refer to UNSW Science or view the UNSW handbook

Semester 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.
MINE1010 Mineral Resources Engineering MINE1010/GEOS1111 are recommended suggested electives. MATS1101 is an alternate suggested elective. GEOS1111 is a prerequisite for MINE2810
MATH1131 Maths 1A Assumed knowledge: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined mark of at least 100 in Mathematics and Mathematics Extension 1.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A You should take this course if you have a combined HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 mark over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1 Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
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.
CVEN1300 Engineering Mechanics This is an introductory subject in engineering mechanics dealing with statics and dynamics. MATH1131/41 and PHYS1121/31/41 are prerequisites.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course MATH1131 or MATH1141 with a mark or 65 or above.
GEOS1111 Fundamentals of Geology MINE1010/GEOS1111 are recommended suggested electives. MATS1101 is an alternate suggested elective. GEOS1111 is a prerequisite for MINE2810
MATS1101 Engineering Materials and Chemistry The course is an introduction to organic chemistry and polymers.

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2019 Engineering Maths 2E MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
CVEN2301 Mechanics of Solids CVEN1300 and MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
MINE2610 Mining Services This course provides an introduction to electrical engineering and surveying, each of half a semester in length
MINE2010 Mining Project Development MINE1010 is a prerequisite for this course

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MATH2089 Numerical Methods and Statistics MATH1231/41 is a prerequisite for this course
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
MINE2810 Minerals and Processing GEOS1111 or CVEN3201 is a prerequisite for this course. This course provides students with an understanding of the principles behind processing methods used in the minerals industry
CVEN2303 Structural Analysis and Modelling Refer to the UNSW Handbook

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN2401 Sustainable Transport and High Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook
Civil Course Refer to the UNSW Handbook
CVEN3303 Steel Structures Refer to the UNSW Handbook
CVEN3501 Water Resources Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
CVEN3031 Civil Engineering Practices Refer to the UNSW Handbook
CVEN2101 Engineering Construction Refer to the UNSW Handbook
CVEN3304 Concrete Structures Refer to the UNSW Handbook
CVEN3502 Water and Wastewater Engineering Refer to the UNSW Handbook

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3220 Resource Estimation MINE2010 or CVEN3201 is a prerequisite for this course unless studying a double degree. This course covers how mineral resources are estimated and modelled.
MINE3310 Mining Geomechanics MINE2310 or CVEN2301 is a prerequisite for this course.
MINE3430 Mining Systems MINE2010 or CVEN3031 is a prerequisite for this course unless studying a double degree. This course covers the various mining systems which are used in surface and underground mines
MINE3910 Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining This course explores the social and environmental impacts of mining

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MINE3230 Mine Planning MINE3220 is a prerequisite for this course. This course covers the process of mine design, scheduling and evaluation used at mines.
MINE3510 Mine Ventilation MINE2500 or CVEN2501 or MATS2005 is a prerequisite 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 prerequisite for this course. This course covers explosive and non-explosive methods used to fracture rocks for easier removal.
Civil Course

Semester 1

Course code Course name Notes
MINE4250 Hard Rock Mine Design and feasibility Project MINE3230 is a prerequisite for this course. This course takes students through a feasibility study and the design of a Hard Rock mine
MINE4310 Mine Geotechnical Engineering MINE3310 is a prerequisite for this course. The application of geotechnical engineering to solves of both underground and surface mining problems.
MINE4440 Mine Research Project I MINE3430 is a prerequisite for this course
Read more General Education You can not select a General Education course from within your own faculty

Semester 2

Course code Course name Notes
MINE4260 Coal Mine Design and feasibility Project MINE4250 is a prerequisite for this course. This course takes students through a feasibility study and design of a coal mine
MINE4450 Mine Research Project II MINE4440 is a prerequisite for this course. Continuation of Thesis I
MINE4710 Mine Management MINE3430 is a prerequisite for this course
Read more General Education You can not select a General Education course from within your own faculty

* 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.