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Foundations of Modern Mining

Curtin University and University of Queensland via edX Professional Certificate


The mining industry is in the midst of a skills and knowledge shift, and the Foundations of Modern Mining Professional Certificate, developed by Curtin University and the University of Queensland in partnership with industry, provides learners with a contemporary knowledge base and skill set to equip them for the economic, technical, societal and environmental challenges of modern mining.

The program is designed to provide learners with a thorough overview of the operational aspects of the modern minerals and mining sector. It will challenge their understanding of how mining can operate within the constraints of sustainability, a remote and dispersed workforce whose health, safety, and wellness are paramount, and the optimisation and automation of operations in an increasingly technical and complex landscape.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: The Minerals and Mining Business

This course provides learners with an overview of the mining sector through the lens of the value chain, examining how companies and other stakeholders explore for and then transform a mineral resource to create valuable products and other forms of capital.

Course 2: Minerals and Mining in a Sustainable World

This course provides learners with an overview of the role of minerals in society, the history of the sustainable development agenda, and the emerging focus on the relationship between mineral development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Course 3: Operational Foundations of Mining

This course provides learners with an overview of the technical operating components of a mining system that moves valuable material from ore, as it resides in the ground, to a beneficiated product that is saleable at various points along the value chain.

Course 4: Leadership and Diversity in Mining

Do you strive to become a leader in the mining industry? What opportunities and challenges do you think you are likely to encounter? In this course explore the role of leadership capabilities within the mining sector, with an emphasis on incorporating diversity, leading technical teams, and developing techniques to foster an inclusive and progressive culture.

Course 5: Digital Transformation of Mining

This course provides learners with an overview of applications of digital technology across the value chain, including automation, monitoring and remote operations, to optimise the value extracted from a minerals deposit. It will also investigate how digitisation of the sector will likely change the required mining skills of the workforce, enhancing the safe exploitation of an orebody.

Course 6: Health, Safety and Wellness in Mining

Welcome to Health, Safety and Wellness in Mining where you will explore key concepts in the management of health, safety and wellness in mining workforces and communities, including the impacts of new technologies and the importance of human factor considerations.


Taught by

Elaine Wightman, Robin Evans, Eric Lilford, Carmel Bofinger, Bryan Maybee and Sharyn Cobbin

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