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Exploration and Mining 2

Course Code: EAES 2910
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 4.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course covers mining issues such as reserve evaluation, mine development, mining methods, mine closure, environmental protection/mitigation and case studies of projects (exploration to shutdown). Field trips will be required.

Course Content

  • Evaluation of advanced properties, resource/reserve estimation, feasibility.
  • Mining methods (underground, open pit, solution mining) and mining equipment/technology.
  • Geological mapping in open pits and underground mines.
  • Mineral processing.
  • Environmental impacts, protection and mitigation.
  • Mine closure.
  • Case studies of exploration leading through mining.

Methods of Instruction

Lecture, Lab, occasional field trips.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy.  The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester.  Evaluation will be based on the following:

Assignments and labs            25 - 40%

Project(s)                              10 - 25%

Term exams and quizzes        25%

Final Exam                            25%

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing EAES 2910, a student will be able to:

  • Calculate a simplified reserve estimate.
  • Describe mining methods and their associated technology and processing.
  • Explain geological tasks in a mine, including mapping, core logging and others.
  • Discuss environmental concerns and mitigation strategies used in exploration and mining.
  • Describe the process of mine closure.
  • Compare and contrast case studies of mineral exploration and mining.

course prerequisites

EAES 2900.


Students must also complete the following course at either the same time OR prior to taking EAES 2910:

EAES 2851


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.