Mining Courses

Freshman Year 

CEEN241. STATICS (I, II, S) Forces, moments, couples, equilibrium, centroids and second moments of areas, volumes and masses, hydrostatics, friction, virtual work. Applications of vector algebra to structures. Prerequisite: PHGN100 and credit or concurrent enrollment in MATH112. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit hours.

MNGN198. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING (I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics ­chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.  Repeatable for credit under different titles. 

MNGN199. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) (WI) Indi­vidual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member, also, when a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, and credit hours. Prerequisite: “Inde­pendent Study” form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours.  Repeatable for credit.

Sophomore Year

MNGN210. INTRODUCTORY MINING (I, II) Survey of mining and mining economics. Topics include mining law, exploration and reserve estimation, project evaluation, basic unit operations, sustainability and lifecycle engineering in mining, introduction to regulatory processes and environmental considerations, and an introduction to surface and underground mining methods. Prerequisite: None. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit hours.

MNGN222. INTRODUCTION TO EXPLOSIVES ENGINEERING A basic introduction to explosive engineering and applied explosive science for students that recently completed their freshman or sophomore years at CSM. Topics covered will include safety and explosive regulations, chemistry of explosives, explosives physics, and detonation properties. The course features a significant practical learning component with several sessions held at the Explosives Research Laboratory in Idaho Springs. Students completing this course will be well prepared for more advanced work in MNGN 333 and MNGN 444. Prerequisites: PHGN100, MATH111, MATH112, CHGN121, and CHGN122. 3 hours lecture, 3 credit hours.

MNGN298. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING (I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.

MNGN300. SUMMER FIELD SESSION (S) Classroom and field instructions in the theory and practice of surface and underground mine surveying. Introduction to the application of various computer-aided mine design software packages incorporated in upper division mining courses. Prerequisite: completion of sophomore year; Duration: first three weeks of summer term; 3 credit hours.

MNGN317. Dynamics for Mining Engineers (II) For mining engineering majors only. Absolute and relative motions, kinetics, work-energy, impulse-momentum and angular impulse-momentum. Prerequisite: MATH213/223, DCGN241. 1 hour lecture; 1 credit hour.

Junior Year

MNGN308. MINE SAFETY (I) Causes and prevention of accidents. Mine safety regulations. Mine rescue training. Safety management and organization. Prerequisite: MNGN210. 1 hour lecture; 1 credit hour. Taken as the first week of summer session.

MNGN309. MINING ENGINEERING LABORATORY (I, II) Training in practical mine labor functions including: operation of jackleg drills, jumbo drills, muckers, and LHD machines. Training stresses safe operation of equipment and safe handling of explosives. Introduction to front-line management techniques. Prerequisite: MNGN210, MNGN308 or consent of instructor. 2 credit hours.

MNGN312. SURFACE MINE DESIGN (I) (WI) Analysis of elements of surface mine operation and design of surface mining system components with emphasis on minimization of adverse environmental impact and maximization of efficient and sustainable use of mineral resources. Ore estimates, unit operations, equipment selection, final pit determinations, short- and long-range planning, life cycle aspects of design, road layouts, dump planning, and cost estimation. Prerequisite: MNGN210 and MNGN300. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 credit hours.

MNGN316. COAL MINING METHODS (II) (WI) Devoted to surface and underground coal mining methods and design. The surface mining portion emphasizes area-mining methods, including pertinent design-related regulations, and overburden removal systems. Pit layout, sequencing, overburden equipment selection and cost estimation are presented. The underground mining portion emphasizes general mine layout; detailed layout of continuous, conventional, longwall, and shortwall sections. General cost and manning requirements; and production analysis. Mine reclamation and sustainable mining practices as well as federal and state health and safety regulations are included in all aspects of mine layout. Prerequisite: MNGN210. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 credit hours.

MNGN321. INTRODUCTION TO ROCK MECHANICS Physical properties of rock, and fundamentals of rock substance and rock mass response to applied loads. Principles of elastic analysis and stress-strain relationships. Elementary principles of the theoretical and applied design of underground openings and pit slopes. Emphasis on practical applied aspects. Prerequisite: DCGN241 or MNGN317. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 credit hours.

MNGN333. EXPLOSIVES ENGINEERING I This course gives students in engineering and applied sciences of explosives.  Introduction to the disciplinary knowledge including terminology and understanding of explosives science and engineering concepts. Student learning will be assessed by assignments, quizzes, and exams. Learning will be facilitated through multidisciplinary lectures complemented by experiments and invited lectures by experts from government, industry and the explosives engineering community. Pre-requisites: none. 3 credit hours.

MNGN340. COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (I, II, S) Supervised, full-time, engineering-related employment for a continuous six-month period (or its equivalent) in which specific educational objectives are achieved. Prerequisite: Second semester sophomore status and a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00. 0 to 3 credit hours. Cooperative Education credit does not count toward graduation except under special conditions.

MNGN350. INTRODUCTION TO GEOTHERMAL ENERGY Geothermal energy resources and their utilization, based on geoscience and engineering perspectives. Geoscience topics include world-wide occurrences of resources and their classification, heat and mass transfer, geothermal reservoirs, hydrothermal geochemistry, exploration methods, and resource assessment. Engineering topics include thermodynamics of water, power cycles, electricity generation, drilling and well measurements, reservoir-surface engineering, and direct utilization. Economic and environmental considerations and case studies are also presented. Prerequisites: ENGY200. 3 credit hours.

MNGN398. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING (I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.

MNGN399. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) (WI) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member. When a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, method of assessment, and credit hours, it must be approved by the Department Head. Prerequisite: "Independent Study" form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.

Senior Year

MNGN314. UNDERGROUND MINE DESIGN (II) Selection, design, and development of most suitable underground mining methods based upon the physical and the geological properties of mineral deposits (metallics and nonmetallics), sustainability and life-cycle engineering considerations, and associated environmental impacts. Reserve estimates, development and production planning, engineering drawings for development and extraction, underground haulage systems, and cost estimates. Prerequisite: MNGN210. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 credit hours.

MNGN322. INTRODUCTION TO MINERAL PROCESSING AND LABORATORY (I) Principles and practice of crushing, grinding, size classification; mineral concentration technologies including magnetic and electrostatic separation, gravity separation, and flotation. Sedimentation, thickening, filtration and product drying as well as tailings disposal technologies and sustainable process management are included. The course is open to all CSM students. Prerequisite: PHGN200/210, MATH213/223. 2 hours lecture; 3 hours lab; 3 credit hours.

MNGN404. TUNNELING (I) Modern tunneling techniques. Emphasis on assessment and interpretation of ground conditions, estimation of support requirements, underground worker safety, methods and equipment for tunnel driving and boring, introduction to sustainability applications and to life-cycle design of underground support systems. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit hours.

MNGN406. DESIGN AND SUPPORT OF UNDERGROUND EXCAVATIONS Design of underground excavations and support. Analysis of stress and rock mass deformations around excavations using analytical and numerical methods. Collections, preparation, and evaluation of in situ and laboratory data for excavation design. Use of rock mass rating systems for site characterization and excavation design. Study of support types and selection of support for underground excavations. Use of numerical models for design of shafts, tunnels and large chambers. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit hours. Offered in odd years.

MNGN407. ROCK FRAGMENTATION (II) Theory and application of rock drilling, rock boring, explosives, blasting, and mechanical rock breakage. Design of blasting rounds, applications to surface and underground excavation. Prerequisite: DCGN241, concurrent enrollment or Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit hours.

MNGN408. UNDERGROUND DESIGN AND CONSTRUC­TION (I) Soil and rock engineering applied to underground civil works. Tunneling and the construction of underground openings for power facilities, water conveyance, transportation, and waste disposal; design, excavation and support of underground openings. Emphasis on consulting practice, case studies, geotechnical design, and construction methods. Prerequisite: EGGN361 OR MNGN321, or Instructor’s consent. 2 hours of lecture; 2 credit hours.

MNGN410. EXCAVATION PROJECT MANAGEMENT (II) Successful implementation and management of surface and underground construction projects, preparation of contract documents, project bidding and estimating, contract awarding and notice to proceed, value engineering and environmental management for sustainability, risk management, construction management and dispute resolution, evaluation of differing site conditions claims. Prerequisite: MNGN 210 or Instructor’s consent, 2-hour lecture, 2 credit hours.

MNGN414. MINE PLANT DESIGN (I) Analysis of mine plant elements with emphasis on design. Materials handling, dewatering, hoisting, belt conveyor, haulage, communications, backfill, high-voltage power distribution, and other systems that support the production face for underground and surface mines. Prerequisite: MNGN312, MNGN314 or Instructor’s consent. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 credit hours.

MNGN418. ADVANCED ROCK MECHANICS Analytical and numerical modeling analysis of stresses and displacements induced around engineering excavations in rock. In-situ stress. Rock failure criteria. Complete load deformation ­behavior of rocks. Measurement and monitoring techniques in rock mechanics. Principles of design of excavation in rocks. Analytical, numerical modeling and empirical design methods. Probabilistic and deterministic approaches to rock engineering designs. Excavation design examples for shafts, tunnels, large chambers and mine pillars. Seismic loading of structures in rock. Phenomenon of rock burst and its alleviation. Prerequisite: MNGN321 or Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

MNGN423. FLOTATION LABORATORY (I) Experiments to accompany the lectures in MNGN422. Co-requisite: MNGN421 or Instructor's consent.. 3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.

MNGN424. MINE VENTILATION (II) Fundamentals of mine ventilation, including control of gas, dust, temperature, and humidity; ventilation network analysis and design of mine ventilation systems. Sustainable mining practices as well as federal and state health and safety regulations will be discussed. Prerequisite: MEGN351 or CHGN209, MEGN361 and MNGN314 or Instructor’s consent. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 credit hours.

MNGN427. MINE VALUATION (II) Course emphasis is on the business aspects of mining. Topics include time valuation of money and interest formulas, cash flow, investment criteria, tax considerations, risk and sensitivity analysis, escalation and inflation and cost of capital. Calculation procedures are illustrated by case studies. Computer programs are used. Prerequisite: Senior in Mining, graduate status or Instructor’s consent. 2 hours lecture; 2 credit hours.

MNGN428. MINING ENGINEERING EVALUATION AND DESIGN REPORT I (I) (WI) Preparation of phase I engineering report based on coordination of all previous work. Includes mineral deposit selection, geologic description, mining method selection, ore reserve determination, and permit process outline. Emphasis is on detailed mine design and cost analysis evaluation in preparation for MNGN429. Prerequisites: MNGN210: MNGN300, MNGN308, MNGN312, MNGN314, MNGN309, MNGN321, MNGN316, GEOL310, GEOL311. Concurrent: MNGN438. 3 hours lab; 1 credit hour.

MNGN429. MINING ENGINEERING EVALUATION AND DESIGN REPORT II (II) (WI) Preparation of formal engineering report based on all course work in the mining option. Emphasis is on mine design, equipment selection, production scheduling, evaluation and cost analysis. Prerequisite: MNGN428, MNGN210: MNGN300, MNGN308, MNGN312, MNGN314, MNGN309, MNGN321, MNGN316, GEOL310, GEOL311, MNGN438, MNGN414; Concurrent: MNGN322/323, MNGN427, MNGN433. 3 hours lab; 2 credit hours.

MNGN433. MINE SYSTEMS ANALYSIS I (II) Application of statistics, systems analysis, and operations research techniques to mineral industry problems. Laboratory work using computer techniques to improve efficiency of mining operations. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate status. 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 credit hours.

MNGN434. PROCESS ANALYSIS Projects to accompany the lectures in MNGN422. Prerequisite: MNGN422 or Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lab; 1 semester hour.

MNGN436. UNDERGROUND COAL MINE DESIGN (II) Design of an underground coal mine based on an actual coal reserve. This course shall utilize all previous course material in the actual design of an underground coal mine. Ventilation, materials handling, electrical transmission and distribution, fluid mechanics, equipment selection and application, mine plant design. Information from all basic mining survey courses will be used. Prerequisite: MNGN316, MNGN321, MNGN414, EGGN329 and MNGN381 or MNGN384. Concurrent enrollment with the Instructor’s consent permitted. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab; 3 credit hours.

MNGN438. GEOSTATISTICS (I) Introduction to elementary probability theory and its applications in engineering and sciences; discrete and continuous probability distributions; parameter estimation; hypothesis testing; linear regression; spatial correlations and geostatistics with emphasis on applications in earth sciences and engineering. Prerequisites: MATH112. 2 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab. 3 credit hours.

MNGN440. EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT ANALYSIS (I) Introduction to the fundamentals of classical equipment replacement theory. Emphasis on new, practical approaches to equipment replacement decision making. Topics include: operating and maintenance costs, obsolescence factors, technological changes, salvage, capital investments, minimal average annual costs, optimum economic life, infinite and finite planning horizons, replacement cycles, replacement vs. expansion, maximization of returns from equipment replacement expenditures. Prerequisite: MNGN427, senior or graduate status. 2 hours lecture; 2 credit hours.

MNGN444. EXPLOSIVES ENGINEERING II This course gives students in engineering and applied sciences the opportunity to acquire the fundamental concepts of explosives engineering and science applications as they apply to industry and real life examples. Students will expand upon their MNGN333 knowledge and develop a more advanced knowledge base including an understanding of the subject as it applies to their specific project interests. Assignments, quizzes, concept modeling and their project development and presentation will demonstrate student's progress. Prerequisite: none. 3 hours lecture, 3 credit hours.

MNGN445. ROCK SLOPE ENGINEERING Introduction to the analysis and design of slopes excavated in rock. Rock mass classification and strength determinations, geological structural parameters, properties of fracture sets, data collection techniques, hydrological factors, methods of analysis of slope stability, wedge intersections, monitoring and maintenance of final pit slopes, classification of slides. Deterministic and probabilistic approaches in slope design. Remedial measures. Laboratory and field exercise in slope design. Collection of data and specimens in the field for deterring physical properties required for slope design. Application of numerical modeling and analytical techniques to slope stability determinations for hard rock and soft rock environments. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture. 3 credit hours.

MNGN452/552. SOLUTION MINING AND PROCESSING OF ORES (II) Theory and application of advanced methods of extracting and processing of minerals, underground or in situ, to recover solutions and concentrates of value-materials, by minimization of the traditional surface processing and ­disposal of tailings to minimize environmental impacts. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate status; Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours. Offered in spring.

MNGN460. INDUSTRIAL MINERALS PRODUCTION (II) This course describes the engineering principles and practices associated with a survey of a number of industrial mineral types. A major emphasis of the course are lectures on quarry mining operations related to the cement and aggregates industries. Those lectures cover resource definition, quarry planning and design, extraction, and processing of material for cement and aggregate production. Lectures are included on other industrial minerals including titanium dioxide, zircon, rare earths, perlite, trona, clays, potash, garnets, and gypsum. Details for each topic include marketing, transportation, source geology, country locations and reserves, major suppliers, typical operations, mining, processing, customers, and specifications. Prerequisite: MNGN312, MNGN322, MNGN323, or Instructor’s consent. 3 hours lecture; 3 credit hours. Offered in spring.

MNGN482. MINE MANAGEMENT (II) Basic principles of successful mine management including supervision skills, administrative policies, industrial and human relations, improvement engineering, risk management, conflict resolution and external affairs. Prerequisite: Senior or graduate status or Instructor's consent. 2 hours lecture and 1 hour case study presentation and discussion per week; 3 credit hours.

MNGN490. ENERGY AND SOCIETY (II) A transdisciplinary capstone seminar that explores a spectrum of approaches to the understanding, planning, and implementation of energy production and use, including those typical of diverse private and public (national and international) corporations, organizations, states, and agencies. Aspects of global energy policy that may be considered include the historical, social, cultural, economic, ethical, political, and environmental aspects of energy together with comparative methodologies and assessments of diverse forms of energy development. Prerequisites: ENGY330/EBGN330 and one of either ENGY310, ENGY320, or ENGY340; or consent of instructor. 3 hours lecture/seminar; 3 credit hours.

MNGN498. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MINING ENGINEERING (I, II) Pilot course or special topics course. Topics chosen from special interests of instructor(s) and student(s). Usually the course is offered only once. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit under different titles.

MNGN499. INDEPENDENT STUDY (I, II) (WI) Individual research or special problem projects supervised by a faculty member. When a student and instructor agree on a subject matter, content, method of assessment, and credit hours, it must be approved by the Department Head. Prerequisite: "Independent Study" form must be completed and submitted to the Registrar. Variable credit; 1 to 6 credit hours. Repeatable for credit.

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