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MINEM503 Tailings Testing: An Introduction – 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, 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 how various forms of tailings testing are carried out, the types of devices available, and some review of relevant theory to understand what the test is doing. This will be done through the presentation and analysis of real tailings test data.

This micro-credential is the third of 12 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

*In order to apply for the Graduate Certificate award you must have a Bachelor of Engineering degree or a degree in a related field and have met UWA’s English language competency requirements. Please refer to the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management.

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
Registrations are open from 22 November 2021 to 5 January 2022.
The course starts on 10 January 2022. Participants will have until 13 March 2022 to complete the micro-credential.
Applications close
5 January 2022
Effort
50 hours (including online learning, personal study time and assessments)
Academic lead
Dr David Reid
Cost
$1,100^ inc. GST
^Can also be taken as a non-assessed short course MINES503 $660 inc. GST
Critical information summary
MINEM503 Tailings Testing – An Introduction [PDF 244KB]
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What you'll learn

Participants will learn how various forms of tailings testing are carried out, the types of devices available, and some review of relevant theory to understand what the test is doing. This will be done through the presentation and analysis of real tailings test data.

Participants will be able to:

Compare the stiffness and permeability of different tailings based on data provided

Calculate different forms of shear strengths from different types of tests, and provide commentary on the benefits of each type of test

Demonstrate an understanding of the limitations and benefits of different test types available to practicing engineers and some of the requirements when specifying each form of test

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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

It is highly recommended that students take the micro-credentials MINEM501 Preparation, Transport and Deposition of Tailings and MINEM502 Basics of Tailings Geotechnics prior to taking the Tailings Testing – An Introduction.

Best suited to practising engineers, geoscientists, or people with significant experience in tailings in an oversight capacity and those wanting to gain knowledge on tailings management strategies. This micro-credential will require engineering numerical skills. 

How does it work?

The micro-credential assessment involves one online test and one assignment.

What's next after this course?

This micro-credential is the third in a series of 12 online micro-credentials (in development).  See the full calendar of micro-credentials here. Students may apply for the Graduate Certificate in Tailings Management* after successfully completing the 12 micro-credentials and associated assessments. The Calendar of micro-credentials can be foundhere.

Students can take the first micro-credential in the category of Tailings Risk Evaluation – MINEM531:  Risk Evaluation - concurrently with MINEM503.  Alternatively, the micro-credential MINEM521: Operations, in the category of Tailings Operations and Water Management, will be offered in April - June 2022 period. 

*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 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.