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An Introduction to Mining and Mineral Processing


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  • Format: Online Course Tool Tip
  • Application: Mining Methods - Mine Planning Tool Tip
  • Audience Level: Technical | New to Mining Tool Tip
  • Certification: EduMine Tool Tip
  • Fee for Certification: $144 Tool Tip
  • Enrollment: Required Tool Tip
  • Version: October 12, 2007 Tool Tip
  • Duration: 8 hours Tool Tip
  • Completion: 20 days Tool Tip
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) (SAIMM: 1 CPDs) Tool Tip
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An Introduction to Mining and Mineral Processing

Course Summary


This course provides a technical introduction for the professionals or technicians who are new to mining and need to understand the industry beyond their current scope of work. It covers the basic concepts of mineral exploration, ore extraction, mineral processing, waste management, mining economics and the future of mining, with numerous examples, figures and images of mining.

An Introduction to Mining and Mineral Processing is for professionals or technicians, except mining engineers, who need a broad understanding of the mining industry ... from geologists ... to chemists, metallurgists, engineers and others.


The presentation is pictorial and conceptual in nature, and follows a light, easy-to-read format. The course comprises 31 short sessions, each of approximately 15 minutes viewing duration, plus five interactive reviews that confirm the viewer's achievement of learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately eight hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the mining industry and mining issues with confidence.

Course Requirements

  • High school science

Dr. Scott Dunbar

From 1975 to 1996 Dr. Scott Dunbar worked for various engineering consulting organizations. His experience includes mining exploration, geotechnical engineering, mine design, design of tailings dams, water resources engineering and hydroelectric engineering. He has worked on projects in Canada, the United States, Central and South America, Iran, Africa, and China.

In January 1997, he joined the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He has taught courses in Mine Economics, Mine Waste Management, Mine Design, Management Science, and Simulation. He was the founding director of the Integrated Engineering program, an undergraduate interdisciplinary engineering program with a focus on engineering design methods, teamwork in design, independent learning, and communication skills.

Scott's research interests are in advanced mining and mineral processing methods, and the basic question: what will a mine look like 50 to 100 years from now? In collaboration with members of the Centre for Blood Research and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC, he has been working on applications of biotechnology to mineral separation. He also does research in project economics, mining construction, and mineral processing.

Scott and his wife Petra enjoy skiing, hiking, cycling, and remodelling their house. Sons Blake and Camden and daughter Enja are a constant source of entertainment.


  • High School: United World College of the Atlantic, Wales, U. K. 1965-1968
  • British Advanced Levels: Math, Physics, Chemistry, and French
  • B.Sc. Geophysics (Honours), University of British Columbia, 1972
  • M.Sc. Geophysics, University of Toronto, 1973
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering/Geophysics, Stanford University, 1977

  • Registered Professional (Geophysical) Engineer in B. C., Canada
  • Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

  • English: fluent
  • Spanish: speak and read
  • French: read and understand