An introductory level course aimed at professionals who are working in the field of tailings management but have had little or no formal training in the field. It is best suited to practicing engineers, geoscientists or people with significant experience in tailings in an oversight capacity and those wanting to gain knowledge on tailings management strategies. Participants will learn what deposition and storage techniques are available and preferred for managing different types of tailings streams.
Content to include:
- how tailings are generated and resulting characteristics based on origin and on method of ore processing
- variations in resulting particle size distributions
- impacts on engineering behaviour
- tailings transportation
- methods of deposition
- techniques used for tailings storage
- alternative and emerging technologies.
- Delivery mode
- Online access to learning material, on demand. Two online discussion forums will be held for students to discuss the learning material and share their own insights into the topics covered.
- Course dates
Registrations are open from 1 December 2021 to 5 January 2022.
Course runs from 10 January 2022 to 13 March 2022
- 50 hours (including online learning, personal study time and assessments)
- Academic lead
- Professor Andy Fourie
- $1,100* inc. GST
- *Can also be taken as a non-assessed short course MINES501 $660 inc. GST
- Critical information summary
- MINEM501 Preparation, Transport and Deposition of Tailings [PDF 244KB]
What you'll learn
Participants will learn what deposition and storage techniques are available and preferred methods for managing different types of tailings streams. Participants will be able to:
Categorise tailings based on particle size distribution data
Carry out basic calculations related to transport of tailings
Articulate the benefits and disadvantages of various deposition methods
Explain methods used for the storage of tailings and articulate the differences between conventional, thickened, paste and filtered tailings
Why study this course?
As a result of the recent Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM), there is increasing demand for tailings professionals at the same time as the industry is experiencing a shortage of personnel with appropriate training. The GISTM will bring rapid change to the way the industry manages tailings and waste. This micro-credential and the subsequent micro-credentials will allow you to keep up with standards, technologies and guidelines dealing with tailings management.
Recommended prior knowledge
Bachelor of Engineering, or Master of Professional Engineering, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.
This micro-credential will require engineering numerical skills.
How does it work?
The micro-credential assessment involves two online tests.
What's next after this course?
Future micro-credentials in Introduction to Tailings Management will be available, including Introduction to Tailings Geotechnics and Tailings Testing - An Introduction. Students can also take the first micro-credential in the category of Tailings Risk Evaluation – MINEM531: Risk Evaluation - concurrently with this micro-credential. The Calendar of micro-credentials can be found here.
These micro-credentials can be stacked towards a Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management.*
*In order to apply for the Graduate Certificate award you must have a Bachelor of Engineering degree or equivalent and have met UWA's English language competency requirements. Please refer to the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management.
Non-assessed short course
This module is also available as a professional development course without assessment providing online access to learning materials. Students taking it as a non-assessed short course will receive a Certificate of Participation and five professional development hours. Students but will not earn UWA PD Points or be eligible for credit, and the short course will not be listed on a UWA Professional Development Transcript.
Reduced fees apply - $660 inc. GST for the non-assessed short course. Select 'MINES501 Preparation, transport and deposition of tailings' for the non-assessed short course on the registration form.