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Preparation, Transport and Deposition of Tailings – Delivered by Future Tails

This micro-credential has been designed for professionals working in the field of tailings management. It is best suited to practicing engineers, managers and those wanting to gain knowledge on tailings management strategies. Participants will learn what deposition and storage techniques are available and preferred methods for managing different types of tailings streams.

This micro-credential is the first of twelve micro-credentials (currently in development) which, if successfully completed, will lead to a Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management at UWA.

Future Tails is a five-year initiative funded by sponsors Rio Tinto and BHP to facilitate industry understanding of best practice mine tailings management.

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you'll receive:

  • Two PD Points - stackable for academic credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
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 date
Enrolment is open from 24 June 2021 to 23 July 2021.
Participants will have until 30 September 2021 to complete the micro-credential.
Applications close
23 July 2021
Effort
50 hours (including online learning, personal study time and assessments)
Academic lead
Professor Andy Fourie
Cost
$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 101KB)
Keyboard

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

Keyboard 

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

Best suited to practising engineers, managers and those wanting to gain knowledge on tailings management strategies.

How does it work?

The micro-credential assessment involves two online tests and two assignments.

What's next after this course?

This micro-credential is the first in a series of twelve online micro-credentials (in development). Students may apply for the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management after successfully completing the twelve micro-credentials and associated assessments.

The next two micro-credentials in the series will be:

  • Basics of Tailings Geotechnics; and
  • Tailings Testing – An Introduction.

Apply

Applications are now closed.

Please contact futuretails-ems@uwa.edu.au to be notified when applications open for the next intake.

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.