Free Online Course on the Business of Mining at Curtin University

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Mining underpins much of our technology and industries as well as modern society in general. A successful mine should be run efficiently and responsibly from exploration through to closure, with sound economic management every step of the way.

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Course Content:

Module 1: Exploration

Analyze geophysical surveys and geochemical data. Conduct exploratory drilling and try your luck at striking gold. You may find something, but are the market conditions in your favor?

Module 2: Mine Planning

What infrastructure will you build to run your mine? Will you use a local workforce, or a fly-in/fly-out model? What are you planning to do with your mine waste? Can you pay for all of this and still make a profit?

Module 3: Operation

Drill, blast, and muck. Process your ore and recover as much gold as you can. Sounds pretty simple, until the gold price takes a tumble and suddenly your mine plan needs adjusting.

Module 4: Closure and Post-closure

Nothing lasts forever, particularly in mining. Eventually, you’re going to run out of gold, or the market will change and your profit margin will disappear. How will you ensure you leave a safe, rehabilitated site?

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Discover how new mineral deposits are found and examine the economic factors that govern their development.
  • Plan the complete life cycle of a mine, from initial infrastructure requirements through to operation, closure, and
  • Experience the ‘living plan’ of mine and see how the extraction and processing of minerals are constantly adjusted to suit market conditions.
  • Investigate how economics and market forces influence the decision to close a mine.
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