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Mining Engineering

BIRCHAM INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Faculty of Engineering & Technology



Faculty of Engineering & Technology

 

MODULE: Mining Engineering

Program delivered by distance learning higher education up to a maximum of 48 credits. This module may be combined or completed with other online university courses from this faculty.

 

DESCRIPTION: Mining Engineering

This program presents the latest in mining technology, and the role of the mining engineer throughout the life of a mine, including prospecting for the deposit, determining the site's value, developing the mine, extracting the mineral values, and reclaiming the land afterward. It focuses on a sustainable management of the land to meet the economic and environmental needs. It covers aboveground and underground methods of mining for a wide range of substances, including metals, nonmetals, and fuels.

 

Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 Academic Credits):

1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credit (30 hours of study).

 

Geology
Hydrology
Petrology & Petrography
Mineral Deposits & Sedimentology
Rock & Fluid Properties
Mineralogy
Crystallography
Geomorphology
Environmental Impact
Ground Mechanics
Ground Retaining Structures
Geotechnical Analysis
Geotechnical Engineering
Structural Engineering
Drilling Optimization
Mining Engineering

 

Academic Supervisor: Luis Fontanet Sallán
More information about this supervisor and instructors at Bircham University Human Network.

 

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DEGREE PROGRAMS: Mining Engineering

This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. (Doctor) Programs. This distance learning degree program is designed at the postgraduate level – Master’s or Doctoral. This module may be easily adapted to complete the Specialist, Expert or Bachelor’s adult degree program requirements. A further option is the enrollment into the online university courses listed in this module.

 

Specialist - Expert Diploma in Mining Engineering (21 Academic Credits)
Select 5 courses for the Specialist or 7 courses for the Expert Diploma from the total of 16 courses from this specialization module in Mining Engineering.

 

Bachelor's Degree (B.A., B.S., B.B.A.) in Mining Engineering (130 Academic Credits)
48 credits for 16 Specialization Courses in Mining Engineering.
+ 60 credits in General Education may be transferred from previous education and experience.
+ 22 credits or 7 additional courses that may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Engineering & Technology from Bircham International University. This selection must to be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board.

 

Master's Degree (M.B.A., M.S., M.A.) in Mining Engineering (35 to 50 Academic Credits)
48 credits for 16 Specialization Courses in Mining Engineering.
+ 13 credits that correspond to research methodology and the Final Project.

 

Doctorate (Doctor Ph.D. Degree) in Mining Engineering (45 to 70 Academic Credits)
48 credits for 16 Specialization Courses in Mining Engineering.
+ 18 credits that correspond to research methodology and the Thesis.

 

 

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METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Distance Learning Higher Education

This program is delivered by traditional correspondence instruction. Bircham International University will send to your address the physical program suggested textbooks. You will be requested to write 20 to 35 pages reports about these books. You submit these reports by email or mail. The reports are the course exams. Bircham International University will evaluate your required written work. If passed, you will earn the degree from Bircham International University. Read BIU Study Guide for more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring and evaluation.

 

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ADMISSION PROCESS:

Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the amount of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the amount of credits required to complete the degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.

 

Students enrolling into this program should be aware that:

1. Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials.
2. Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of the program of study.
3. Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment in the program.
4. Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this program of study.
5. Language: Book and report writing in other language than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in the course.
6. Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs or religion.
7. Age: Check the admission requirements for each degree program.
 

 

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SUBJECT COURSES: Mining Engineering

Each subject accounts for 3 credits.

 

Each of the following subjetcs may be studied as a continuing education course.

 

Geology

This course explores the origin, structure and composition of minerals and igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. Plate tectonics, volcanism, rock deformation, earthquake activity, and mountain building are integrated to give an overview of the Earth’s dynamic internal processes.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali

 

Hydrology

This course introduces the main components of the hydrologic cycle including precipitation processes, evapotranspiration, soil water and groundwater flow, and surface water features. Emphasis is placed on the atmospheric and geologic processes controlling water movement in the cycle at the global and local scales, considering the environmental impacts of urbanization and land-use management.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali

 

Petrology & Petrography

This course explores the principles and theories of rock genesis. It considers the microscopic examination of important rock forming minerals and their identification if igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; silicate phase equilibria; and the use of mineral stability diagrams to understand igneous and metamorphic petrogenesis. It also examines the theory of the behavior of light through minerals and optical properties of minerals.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali

 

Mineral Deposits & Sedimentology

This course explores the origin, transport and deposition of sediments and mineral deposits. It considers size analysis and sedimentary structures, sedimentary petrology, metal concentration and deposition in magmatic and hydrothermal environments, and other related issues.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali

 

Rock & Fluid Properties

This course examines reservoir rock and fluid properties, flow behavior in reservoir rocks, behavior of gas in underground storage caverns, and their interrelation.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali

 

Mineralogy

This course studies the physical properties of the major rock-forming minerals; their identification, classification and occurrence.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali

 

Crystallography

This course introduces crystallography; elements of symmetry and the interrelationship of crystal structure to the physical and chemical properties of minerals. It considers the petrology of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and its effect on crystal structure of the minerals.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali

 

Geomorphology

This course centers on the dynamic processes that sculpt the Earth’s surface. These processes include weathering and erosion, and sediment deposition by water, wind, ice, and mass-wasting. It considers the physical processes, environmental impact and remediation, and engineering capabilities of soils, fluvial processes, glacial deposits, landslides, and coastal processes.

Instructor: Mina Benjouali

 

Environmental Impact

This course studies the theory and practice of assessing environmental impact to support a policy leading to the restoration and conservation of animal and plant diversity, and of the structure and function of disturbed ecosystems. It also provides the means to evaluate environmental degradation levels and the impact of human activity on environmental health and contamination.

Instructor: Luis Fontanet Sallán

 

Ground Mechanics

This course examines the physical and engineering properties of soils considering soil mechanics, soil composition, soil structure, soil consolidation, shear strength, effective stress principle, water flow through soil, stability analysis of slope, earth pressure, bearing capacity, soil dynamics, ground motion, vibration and earthquake engineering.

Instructor: Miguel Ángel Fernández Sánchez

 

Ground Retaining Structures

This course explores special problems in ground retaining structures and soil engineering related to construction. It reviews diaphragm walls, continuous bored piles, cofferdams, shoring and underpinning methods and other ground retaining structures.

Instructor: Miguel Ángel Fernández Sánchez

 

Geotechnical Analysis

This course reviews geotechnical testing, modelling and analysis, to evaluate prediction versus performance in geotechnical engineering. It also explores the role of rocks and soils as engineering materials, distribution of rocks at or below the surface; hydrologic influences, geologic exploration of engineering sites, mapping, underground excavations, slopes, reservoirs, and dam sites.

Instructor: Miguel Ángel Fernández Sánchez

 

Geotechnical Engineering

This course explains the characteristics of geological materials; soil and rock classifications; physical, mechanical, and hydraulic properties; stress principles; soil and rock improvement; seepage, consolidation; stress distribution; and settlement analysis. It discusses shear strength, bearing capacity, lateral earth pressures, slope stability, and underground construction. It examines the design of shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls, tunnels, and other earth and rock structures.

Instructor: Miguel Ángel Fernández Sánchez

 

Structural Engineering

This course deals with the structural engineering principles and design techniques. It is a must for every engineer and architect who works with the design of buildings, bridges, and other structures. It provides concise, up-to-date information on the planning, design, and construction of a variety of engineered structures.

Instructor: Graeme Dean Hamilton

 

Drilling Optimization

This course explores the procedures for optimizing fluid properties, hydraulics, bit weight and selection. Balanced drilling conditions are stressed. Design of continuous and intermittent gas lift systems; multiphase flow and inflow well performance. Design and analysis of oil-field drilling operations and equipment. Well-control procedures. Measurement of drilling fluid properties.

Instructor: Luis Fontanet sallan

 

Mining Engineering

This course presents the latest in mining technology, and the role of the mining engineer throughout the life of a mine, including prospecting for the deposit, determining the site's value, developing the mine, extracting the mineral values, and reclaiming the land afterward. It focuses on a sustainable management of the land to meet the economic and environmental needs. It covers aboveground and underground methods of mining for a wide range of substances, including metals, nonmetals, and fuels.

Instructor: Luis Fontanet sallan

 

 

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