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:
To develop an integrated systems and problem solving approach to operations management for mining professionals.
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:
There is a focus on organisational behaviour and soft systems issues.
By the end of the course the student should be able to demonstrate ability to:
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