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Graduate Studies Courses of Instruction Mining Engineering


Mining Engineering
MINE-800* Advanced Mining Systems and Processes
The purpose of the course is to develop the knowledge required to design mining systems and processes for efficient separation of the minerals of interest from the waste. The course builds on undergraduate knowledge and provides an in-depth study of the techniques utilized in the field. The emphasis is on current theory and design methods as well as on modern trends and evolving technologies. The course is given in modules by a number of faculty and spans mining to mineral processing. Topics to be covered include: mining methods, rock breakage, ground stability, ventilation, materials handling, mineral beneficiation and economic and environmental assessments. Three-term hours.
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MINE-814* Advanced Ventilation and Environmental Mine Engineering
The development of basic airflow models and complex ventilation networks are discussed in depth, and practical design studies using computerized techniques are developed. Topics related to ventilation calculation and design include: mine regulations and engineering design criteria, basic and complex circuit evaluation and design, natural ventilation, fan selection, auxiliary ventilation design, ventilation surveys and ventilation economics. The total environment of mines and air quality control are studied in detail, and include mine gases, mine dust, heat control and radiation hazard and control in mines. Three term-hours, fall term; lectures. E.M. de Souza
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MINE-815* Mine Valuation and Financial Administration
Advanced mineral project evaluation and mining company valuation and administration. Included is the analysis and management of risk from an ore reserve and financing viewpoint as well as an analysis of the implications of taxation policy on project results. Operating decisions, such as plant size in relation to investment and profit, are studied. A study is made of the financial structure of mining companies. Three term-hours, winter term; lectures. Not offered 2013-14.
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MINE-817* Advanced Explosives Technology
Detonation theory and its applications. Topics include: Detonation theory, equations of state, experimental techniques for measuring explosive properties, initiation and sensitivity, shaped charges, metal working with explosives, commercial explosives, metal loaded explosives, dust explosions, pressure desensitization, numerical methods. Three term-hours, winter term; lectures. P. Katsabanis
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MINE-818* Rock Mechanics
Theories and application of rock mechanics principles in underground and open pit mine design are discussed. General areas of concentration include assessment of elastic for rock; the determination and influence of in-situ stress on excavation stability; evaluation of ground movement, subsidence and convergence; review of rock slope stability factors and mitigation techniques for stabilization; and assessment of contemporary and innovative measures for ground support provision in underground mines. Three term-hours; winter term. J.F. Archibald.
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MINE-820* Topics in Drilling and Blasting
Rock failure in blasting. Topics include fragmentation, influence of joints and rock structure, theory of fracturing and crack propagation, cratering, blasting-induced vibrations and damage, wall control techniques, numerical methods. Three term- hours, fall term; lectures. P. Katsabanis
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MINE-822* Ore Estimation, Grade Control and Mine Planning
Ore reserves and small mining unit grades are estimated using a variety of geostatistical techniques from ordinary to indicator. Deposits such as gold and copper are discussed, and students will be expected to use the QMIN computer package and Auto CAD for grade estimation. The realities of mine planning given the uncertainty of grade estimation are considered using the QSCHED computer planning package. Both underground and open pit deposits are covered using re al databases. Three term-hours, winter term; lectures and laboratory.† U. Thorley†
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MINE-823* Stability Analysis in Mine Design
Application of rock mechanics principles to mine design. Includes planning and execution of geotechnical investigation programs, empirical and analytical methods of stability analysis and support design. Numerical methods are introduced, with emphasis on how to choose among them for particular applications and how to evaluate results. Instrumentation programs are described. Methods are illustrated using case histories. Three term-hours, fall; lectures. S.D. McKinnon.†
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MINE-826* Field Instrumentation in Ground Engineering
The course first discusses the basic principles of field instrumentation as an integral part of the design and construction process of ground structures, and the planning and interpretation of instrumentation programmes. Details of current sensor technology with particular emphasis to the principles of operation and with particular attention to limitations, sources of error and difficulties of calibration, is given. A detailed review of the extensive range of instruments available in the market along with their applications, limitations and installation procedures is given. Data communication and data management techniques are also introduced. Throughout the course, extensive reference to field histories is made to demonstrate examples of good practice, augmented with case studies presented by visiting lectures from industry. Three term-hours, winter term; lectures. E.M. de Souza
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MINE-828* Rock Mass Stability and Seismicity in Mines
Rock mass stability and failure around mining excavations is examined in detail. Characteristics of rock masses are reviewed together with conditions leading to violent or stable failure. Methods of predicting rock mass failure are studied, with particular emphasis on numerical stress analysis tools. Seismicity in mines resulting from failure is examined in detail, including monitoring systems, source mechanisms, waveform analysis, and integration of seismicity analyses to mine design. Three term-hours, winter term; lectures. S.D. McKinnon.
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MINE-832* Flotation Science and Technology
Roles and applications of flotation in the mining industry, tailings management, recycling and environmental clean-up are discussed. The topics include both interfacial aspects such as wettability, electrical double layer theories, dispersioncoagulation/flocculation, reagent interactions, as well as the engineering aspects such as sampling/mass balancing, kinetics and circuit design. Primary examples of technologies related to processing of sulphide ores, non-sulphides, salts, coals and tar sands are covered. The course includes laboratory sessions on selected topics. Three term hours plus 3 lab sessions; winter term. S. Kelebek.
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MINE-836* Mineral Processing and the Environment
The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to mineral processing unit operations with regards to final product production. Process selection criteria will be highlighted including economics, efficiency, and geographic location. Environ mental issues associated with producing metals from a variety of ore types will be examined including tailings treatment/impoundment methods and pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical refining techniques. Three term-hours, fall and/or spring term, lectures. S. Kelebek
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MINE-838* Project Decision-making in Extractive Metallurgy
The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to use information from their undergraduate courses to make decisions on projects of the type that they may face in their future careers. The course will analyze actual project case histories in mining and process metallurgy and evaluate them from technical, economic, and risk perspectives. The objective of each case will be to confront the student and/or group with a decision point similar to that faced in the actual situation. The students will work individually and/or in small groups in an interactive tutorial setting to develop each case for class presentation. There will also be opportunities for interaction with invited experts from industry. The course will show students how to use the key evaluation tools for objective project and process decision-making in mining and process metallurgy. Not offered 2013-14.†
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MINE-839* Advanced Metals Extraction
In this course advanced technologies for metals extraction are discussed and evaluated. Metals of interest include: magnesium, titanium, zirconium and uranium. Both pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical aspects of the extraction processes are described. Emerging technologies such as plasma processing and microwave processing are reviewed. The course material can be tailored to the interests of the students. Each student performs a literature review and writes a report on a suitable topic in metals extraction. Three term-hours, fall or winter term; lectures. C.A. Pickles
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MINE-851* Maintenance Engineering
This course establishes the analytical foundations for the maintenance of heavy industrial plant and mobile equipment in a production environment. Topics covered are: maintenance planning and life-cycle behaviour; condition monitoring, including vibration analysis; organization and management of maintenance; reliability centered maintenance.†Not offered 2013-14.†
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MINE-852* Mine Mechanization and Automation
Objectives, constraints, and methodologies for mechanization and automation. Modelling and simulation of mining processes and equipment. Equipment monitoring. Production monitoring. Navigation and automatic guidance of mobile equipment, including inertial navigation and GPS. Dispatching and scheduling systems. Mine-wide communications systems. SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition) systems. Teleoperation and Telerobotics technologies. Machine design in the context of mechanization and automation; reliability and maintainability. Technology transfer issues. Case studies of both surface and underground mines.† Not offered 2013-14.††
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MINE-853* Mining Robotics
Mining equipment suppliers now offer robotic tramming systems for surface and underground vehicles, real-time equipment and personnel tracking systems, as well as telerobotic options for loading, haulage, rock breaking, and other heavy equipment. This course offers an introduction to control and estimation engineering as applied to heavy equipment in mining. The class material attempts to provide students with a sufficient foundation to pursue advanced research in this area. Topics include: a review of commonly used sensor technologies; an introduction to vehicle kinematics/dynamics; trajectory and path tracking control; an introduction to vehicle navigation; robotic mapping/surveying; mining machine case studies and examples. Theree-term hours; Winter term. J. Marshall
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MINE-860* Selected Topics in Mining Engineering
This course is intended for students at both the Masters and Doctoral levels who already have a good background in fundamental topics related to their research or course-based programs of study, and who are interested in broadening their exposure to other subject areas of mining engineering that are not offered through existing graduate courses. Topics will focus on either mining, mineral processing or mine-mechanical-related areas of mining engineering, and will be presented through lectures, seminar presentations, open classroom discussion and self-directed independent study. The specific course content to be taught to students will be posted in writing at the beginning of each term in which this course will be given, and cannot be related in topic content to a studentís research thesis or project topic. Marking for the course will be assessed on the basis of student assignments, written reports and classroom presentations.
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MINE-861* Selected Topics in Mining Engineering II
This course is intended for students at both the Masters and Doctoral levels who already have a good background in fundamental topics related to their research or course-based programs of study, and who are interested in broadening their exposure to other subject areas of mining that are not offered through existing graduate courses. Topics will focus on specific technical, environmental, health and safety, socio-economic, governance or sustainability issues or challenges related to mineral resource development. The course will be presented through lectures, seminar presentations, open classroom discussion and directed study. The specific course content to be taught to students will be posted in writing at the beginning of each term in which this course will be given. Marking for the course will be assessed on the basis of student assignments, written reports and classroom presentations.
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MINE-862* Issues in Health, Safety and Environment
The following topics are covered: Introduction to Health and Safety and Environment, Risk Perception and Assessment, Occupational Hygiene, Indoor Air Quality, Principles of Safety Theory and Management, Risk Homeostasis, Principles of Occupational Toxicology, OEL , Toxic Effects of Airborne Contaminants, Dermal Exposure, Evaluation of Airborne Contaminant Levels, Noise, Vibration and Other Physical Agents, Radiation - Ionizing an Nonionizing, Ergonomics, Control Measures for Airborne Contaminants and Heat Stress, Diverse perspectives, Health, Safety and Environment Issues and Engineering Responsibilities, Government, Industry and Labour Unions. Three term-hours, fall term; lectures. J.F. Archibald
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MINE-872* Mining Environment Management Systems
In this course students will learn how to design and implement environmental management systems which ensure compliance with both regulatory and corporate environmental performance standards are objectives. Among the topics covered will be quality analysis and quality control systems; self-monitoring, environmental audits; engineering for pollution prevention; hazard identification; risk assessment, prioritization, management and communications; and constructive approaches to working with the regulatory community and the public. Not offered 2013-14.†
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MINE-897 Graduate Seminar
Each student is required to make a presentation concerning his project or research at least once per calendar year. For those students who may only be enrolled in part-time studies, or who may be completing their degree requirements off campus, this requirement may be met through submission of electronic media presentation, which can be viewed, by staff and students, during a regularly scheduled seminar session. This is a non-credit course which each student must pass successfully. J.F. Archibald
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MINE-898 Master's Project
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MINE-899 Master's Thesis Research
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MINE-999 Ph.D. Thesis Research
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Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Community Relations for the Extractive Industries

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GCCR-801* Community Aspects of Mineral Resource Development
This course provides students with a thorough understanding of community issues associated with mineral resource development. It provides context and examples to demonstrate how the industry response to these issues has changed over time. The business case for a disciplined approach to community engagement and relationship building is outlined. It introduces the topics of community development, community engagement, and indigenous issues which are further explored in subsequent courses.
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GCCR-802* Community Development for the Mining Industry
This course introduces a framework for understanding how community development (CD) theory, methods and techniques can be used by community relations practitioners working at mine sites or in mining communities. It familiarizes students with the "people centered" CD method. It introduces concepts of "community" and the basic elements and methods involved in developing a community profile. The critical role of "dialogue" in creating relationships and how it is approached and carried out is also explained and practiced. The course uses case studies and experiences drawn from the mining industry to illustrate and reinforce concepts and methodology.
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GCCR-803* Community Engagement and Mining
This course extends the exploration of a range of community development and community engagement domains, techniques and skills, relating to social technique, participatory approached to community development planning and programming; the use of partnerships as a vehicle for participatory development; social impact assessment; community engagement planning; program monitoring and evaluation. It expands and reinforces the participant's understanding of how the application of professional approaches and methods can assist communities and companies to build sustainable, organized relationships and structures within the broader context of mining and development practice, locally, nationally, and globally.
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GCCR-804* Mining Projects and Indigenous Peoples
This course examines the social, political and economic relationships that exist between Indigenous Peoples and external parties in the development of commercial mining operations. The course will review specific social, political and economic issues arising from the engagement of Indigenous Peoples with the minerals industry, and the skill sets and knowledge base that are critical to negotiating positive relationships between Indigenous Peoples and mining companies.
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