Extractive Metallurgy I

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Murdoch University
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About this unit

An online postgraduate unit provided by Murdoch University and Open Universities Australia, Extractive Metallurgy I covers a variety of dewatering, drying and high temperature metallurgical processes used in the industrial production of materials such as iron, steel, copper, zinc, nickel, gold, lead, aluminium, silicon and tin. You will consider processes such as roasting, smelting and refining in terms of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, kinetics of interactions that occur among individual phases, reactors and mass transfer characteristics.

On completion of this unit, you will have an understanding of the key factors that affect dewatering and drying processes, be able to apply the basic methods of tailings dam construction and describe a range of pyrometallurgical unit operations. You will also learn how to tackle a variety of problems that may arise during plant operation, and discuss methods of reducing the environmental impact of pyrometallurgical processes.

Topics you will cover in this unit include theories and methodologies of filtration, heat transfer, fluid dynamics and roasting, iron and steel making and slag chemistry. The unit is assessed via a combination of tests, assignments and an invigilated exam.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:

  • Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy, Murdoch University

You must also have successfully completed the following units, prior to enrolling:

  • Introduction to the Minerals Industry
  • Metallurgical Unit Operations (Previously: Principles of Unit Operations)

Knowledge of high temperature chemical thermodynamics and some applied mathematics or calculus/matrix algebra is assumed.

Areas of study

In this Extractive Metallurgy I unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Thickening: design and equipment
  • Filtration: theory and machines
  • Centrifuge dewatering and drying
  • Tailings disposal
  • General principles of pyrometallurgy
  • Pyrometallurgical reactors and reactor elements
  • Heat transfer, fluid dynamics and roasting
  • Roasting, slag chemistry and slag cleaning
  • Non-ferrous smelting and converting
  • Iron and Steel making
  • Al, Ti, Zn, Pb, Au and Si production
  • Environmental considerations and recycling
  • Pyrometallurgical process design and costing

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy, Murdoch University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Extractive Metallurgy I introduces many of the key principles that you will apply in a future career in the mining, minerals and resources industry. You will learn how to apply physicochemical principles to roasting, smelting, calcining and drying operations and perform thermodynamic and kinetic modelling of pyrometallurgical operations. You will also develop the skills to select suitable recovery methods for metals or value-added products from a range or ores, design flowsheets for pyrometallurgical unit operations and draft preliminary designs for furnaces.

This unit is a core requirement of the Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy, also provided by Murdoch University through Open Universities Australia. This course provides a qualification in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy that is recognised by the minerals, mining and resources industry. Graduates often go on to pursue career opportunities in metallurgy, metal recovery and concentration, research and development and more.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Extractive Metallurgy I from Murdoch University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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