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Operations Management for Mining Systems
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Rising input costs and the need to remain competitive in a demanding global economy has placed the mining industry under increasing pressure to improve and optimise operations. The need for change, to meet the challenges posed by this tough environment, has been recognised by mining organisations. Various improvement programmes and targets have been put in place. However, implementing operational improvement at the front line remains challenging:

  • Where should improvement efforts be focused?
  • How is improvement linked to increased competitiveness, and financial returns?
  • How do companies harness knowledge and insight across the value chain?
  • How do we really fix problems, when everybody is fighting fires?
  • How can improvements be sustained? Operations management for mining systems is a course aimed at operational individuals in mining and associated industries, who are faced with these challenges.

Aims of the Course

To develop an integrated systems and problem solving approach to operations management for mining professionals.

Course Content:

This course considers operations management in the mining context from a systems perspective, considering the unique context and challenges of the mining environment. Topics covered include:

  • Current state analysis
  • Value chain mapping
  • Process analysis
  • Constraint identification
  • Root cause analysis
  • Metrics and measures
  • Problem solving methodologies
  • Principles of systems engineering and thinking.

There is a focus on organisational behaviour and soft systems issues.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course the student should be able to demonstrate ability to:

  1. Recognise and relate the link between operations strategy and competitiveness
  2. Select and apply appropriate industrial engineering tools and techniques to solve practical problems within the mining context
  3. Demonstrate an ability to map, analyse and improve business processes
  4. Distinguish and identify root causes for operational problems
  5. Formulate and manage structured problem solving methodologies within workplace environments
  6. Discuss the role and impact of traditional operations management thematic areas to the mining context
  7. Evaluate the impact of organisational behaviour, change management and measures on operations performance and improvement.

Method of Assessment

Combination of formative and summative assessments. The course is assessed with a group assignment (10%); a reflective essay in response to readings (10%); an online exam (30%) and an individual project carried out in the workplace (50%).

Students who wish to be eligible for a certificate of competence, are required to complete all assessments with a passing mark. Students wishing to attend the course with a certificate of attendance only are not required to complete all assessments although participation in class will be strongly encouraged.  

Number of Notional Study Hours: 200

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