An Introduction to Mining and Mineral Processing

12 modules


Course Length
8 hours

Edumine Courses

09 Oct 2019



This course provides a non-technical introduction to the basic concepts of mineral exploration, ore extraction, mineral processing, and mine waste management, with numerous examples, figures and images of mining. Also included are some key aspects of the economics of a mining and mineral processing operation.

An Introduction to Mining and Mineral Processing is for anyone who finds themselves working in the mining industry and needs a broad understanding of the industry without the technical details. Examples include geologists, chemists, engineers (except perhaps mining engineers), administrative staff, investors, accountants and suppliers.

This is a premium course which has been peer-reviewed by a committee appointed by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).


  • Dr. Scott Dunbar


Duration: 8 Hours
Access: 90 Days
Category: Mining
Level: Introduce
Version Date: June 6, 2014

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The presentation is pictorial and conceptual in nature, and follows a light, easy-to-read format. The course comprises 21 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

Recommended Background

  • High school science


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Edumine Certification

Learning Credits

Table of contents
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Module 1: Geological Concepts
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Module 2: Mining Methods
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Module 3: Mineral Processing and Refining
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Module 4: Mine Waste Management
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Module 5: Mining and Money
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Module 6: Appendices
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Added 22 days ago, by Dakalo
For the price paid, it would be better delivered in video form as it would make it more interactive. It is more of a self study course.
Added 24 days ago, by Brooke
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
I found the questions asked on the test your knowledge would not be questions to test knowledge at an introductory level. I would have like to see more interactive. It wasn't until the 2 half of the course that I got the library working. With it being on line I now do not have course material to refer back to. The time of 8hrs for the course was very low compared to about 20 hours for me to complete the course.
Added about 2 months ago, by Anonymous
I found that the course was highly technical and was extremely long for someone who has no experience in mining. There was lots of information and having to read it all instead of having the option of listening to the program I feel took away from the content.
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