Introduction to the Minerals Industry

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

This Introduction to the Minerals Industry from Open Universities Australia and Murdoch University is designed to help you gain a basic working knowledge of extractive metallurgy. You will learn about the industrial processes, operation of companies, and learn about extraction and refinement.

Topics covered will range from applying basic science to collected data, learning the basic principles of geology, and understanding various kinds of metallurgy. You will also learn more precisely about individual commodities, as well as gain a deeper understanding of our own planet.

As well as learning about the theory, you will also cover the practical elements of working within the minerals industry such as understanding health and safety management. Completion of this unit should provide you with the perfect introduction to the industry, to either continue your studies or further your career trajectory.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Have not completed this unit before (previously known as: Introduction to Extractive Metallurgy)

AND

  • Have knowledge of physical sciences at senior high school level

Areas of study

In this Introduction to the Minerals Industry unit, topics you will study include:

  • Minerals and the materials cycle
  • Flowsheets
  • Welcome to planet Earth
  • Basic geological principles and the dynamic Earth
  • Mineral resources
  • The minerals industry
  • Comminution and mineral processing
  • Pyrometallurgy
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Individual commodities
  • Occupational safety and health (OH&S)

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?

This unit is geared towards individuals who are interested in working in the minerals industry and in metallurgy. The unit could help you study in fields such as geology, while an understanding of the minerals industry can help you work in fields as diverse as energy, policy and manufacturing.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Introduction to the Minerals Industry 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 or HECS-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 HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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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