Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) (BE(Hons)(Mining))

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This program focuses on analysis and design and combines knowledge from mining, geology, geotechnical, environmental, computing, mathematics, management and finance. All Engineering students will complete a common first year before branching out into their disciplines and/or a choice of thematic minors. The first two years of the Mining Engineering program focus on building engineering, mathematics and science foundations that are further developed in the final two years. The third and fourth year of the program concentrate on developing knowledge and skills in mine design and planning, rock mechanics, mine management and socio-environmental aspects of mining. A key attribute of the Mining Engineering program at the University of Adelaide is that the curriculum was updated based on the MEA (Mining Education Australia) curriculum with the addition of contents reflecting modern mining technologies. The MEA curriculum was a common third and fourth year program developed more than 15 years ago by the MEA Consortium (University of Adelaide, UNSW, University of Queensland and Curtin University) under the support of Minerals Council of Australia (MCA). Our updated program emphasises engineering problem-solving, analysis and design, computer-based methods, state-of-the-art knowledge and practices, and research, communication and management skills.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 4 years. This program is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates of the program qualify for professional membership of Engineers Australia.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Contribute to the design of creative, sustainable, economic and safe solutions, which satisfy the objectives of clients and stakeholders.
2. Demonstrate a broad, theory-based understanding of the mathematical, natural and physical sciences underpinning engineering practice, and evaluate the differences between theoretical and applied system behaviour.
3. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the computer and information sciences that underpin engineering practice.
4. Demonstrate a substantial and contemporary body-of-knowledge of engineering methods, tools and processes for a specific discipline, complemented by relevant knowledge from related disciplines.
5. Professionally and ethically conduct themselves and their work, respecting the communities and cultural norms within which that work is carried out.
6. Communicate objectively and effectively, in written and oral forms, to lay and expert audiences.
7. Apply critical and independent thinking to make sound judgements, based on evidence, theory and logical reasoning.
8. Maintain and develop knowledge of advancements in engineering practice and research in the specific discipline, and apply this knowledge innovatively when devising solutions.
9. Be an effective, emotionally and culturally intelligent team member, with leadership potential.
10. Apply a systems approach to managing and developing solutions to complex problems.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining)

There shall be a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining).

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining), the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 96 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses the value of up to 78 units including a Research Project to the value of 6 units.
  2. An optional major in Mine Automation to the value of 21 units.
  3. Elective courses to the value of up to 18 units.
  4. A minor can be presented in lieu of available electives within the program, from the following options:
    • Enrepreneurship
    • Humanitarian Engineering.
  5. A total of 8 weeks of approved engineering work placement is required. Students will need to enrol into the ENG 3100 Engineering Internship UG (0 units) course to complete this requirement.  
  6. Unless exempted, International students are required to take ENG 1011 Introduction to Engineering EAL in lieu of ENG 1001 Introduction to Engineering.