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 10 days ago, by George
Some answers might be wrong, please review.
Added 22 days ago, by Christina
Added 4 months ago, by Joanna
I found this a poorly put-together course. The single learning objective in the introduction was not enough to identify the important topics within the modules. Each lesson with the the each module should have included learning objectives. I noticed in the exam for the final question, I was prohibited from choosing more than one option, as the question indicated I should. I also was unable to locate the passing requirements in the introduction. Including a learning comprehension exercise at the end of each module would be helpful. The information was interesting, but took much longer than described in the overview.
Added 4 months ago, by Rishi
Added 4 months ago, by Kassandra
Added 4 months ago, by Shaun
A lot of information not pertitent to the field i'm in. Very technical not for someone without a technical background. Quiz Questions were ambiguous very detailed oriented.
Added 6 months 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 6 months ago, by Brooke
Added 6 months 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 6 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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