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Program Details

Faculty : Faculty of Engineering & Technology

Program Name : Diploma in Mineral Engineering

BGCSE Points(or similar) : 34 Option 1: 12 (Maths + Physics)


Type : Diploma

No. of Semesters : 4

Description : BGCSE/equivalent with a minimum of grade C in Mathematics and Physics. Preference will be given to applicants with relevant industrial experience. In addition, all admitted applicants would be required to provide medical proof of fitness when accepting their offer to confirm that they would be fit to work in a mining environment at the end of their studies. Preamble Subject to the provisions of General Regulations 000 and 100, Faculty Special Regulations 110 and Faculty Industrial Training Regulations for Diploma Programmes the following Special Regulations shall apply. Objectives of the programme The programme is designed to provide the mining Industry with competent and safety conscious Engineering Technicians. Further to this, the programme will: i) Provide students with a broad grounding in the theory and practical aspects of science, engineering and ancillary disciplines relating to mining. ii) Equip students with knowledge and skills that will add value in the mining related operations. iii) Facilitate students progressing into technical and supervisory roles. iv) Strengthen the communication skills and supervisory potential of students v) Facilitate the process of life-long learning. vi) Highlight best practice in areas of relevance to the minerals industry, including issues of sustainable development. Entrance Requirements The normal minimum entrance requirements to the Diploma in Mineral Engineering Programme shall be the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) or its equivalent, with passes in Mathematics and at least one science subject. All candidates are required to pass an aptitude test. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant industrial experience. Medical Requirements The satisfactory medical certificate required under General Regulation 1.41 must also comply with the requirement for being fit to be employed at a mine in accordance with Regulations 91 and 92 of the Mines, Quarries, Works and Machinery Regulations [CAP. 44:02]. A student who becomes permanently medically unfit to be employed at a mine as specified in the Mines, Quarries, Works and Machinery Regulations [CAP. 44:02] will be required to withdraw from the programme. Programme Structure The programme shall consist of a single subject Mineral Engineering. The full-time programme shall extend over three years, one of which shall be spent on industrial training. If taken part-time the programme must be completed within 10 semesters. Students who have been in full-time employment within the mining sector may be exempted from part or all of the industrial training requirements at the discretion of the Departmental Board. Assessment Assessment of all courses shall be in accordance with the Academic General Regulation 00.86 and Faculty Special Regulation for Diploma Programmes 1.30. Progression Progression shall be in accordance with the Academic General Regulations 00.9. Industrial Training Conduct of the Industrial Training shall be in accordance with the Faculty Special Regulations for Diploma programmes 1.80 Award of the Diploma The Diploma shall be awarded in accordance with the Special Faculty Regulations for Diploma programmes 1.70.

Courses involved :

Semester 1

Core Courses

  ENGINEERING DRAWING Credits : 2
  INTRODUCTION TO SURVEYING Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO MINING ENGINEERING Credits : 2
  INTRO TO COMMN & ACADEMIC LITERACY(ENG & TEC) Credits : 3
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS I Credits : 2
  ENGINEERING SCIENCE Credits : 2
  MATHEMATICS I Credits : 2

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Semester 2

Core Courses

  INDUSTRIAL TRAINING Credits : 15
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS 2 INFORMATION SKILLS 11 Credits : 2
  INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGY FOR MINING ENGINEERS Credits : 3
  COMMUNICATION AND ACADEMIC LITERACY II Credits : 3
  INTRODUCTION TO MINIRAL PROCESSING Credits : 2
  PRINCIPLES OF MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH Credits : 2
  MINING METHODS Credits : 2
  MATHEMATICS II Credits : 2

Optional Courses

  ENGINEERING MATERIALS Credits : 2
  MINE VENTILATION Credits : 2

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Semester 3

Core Courses

  COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN MINING PROBLEMS Credits : 2
  PRINCIPLES OF MINERALOGY Credits : 3
  PROCESSING OF GOLD ORES Credits : 3
  COMMINUTION Credits : 3
  COMMINUTION EQUIPMENT & CIRCUITS Credits : 2

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Elective Courses

  SMALL SCALE MINING Credits : 2
  MINE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Credits : 2

Semester 4

Core Courses

  EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY Credits : 2
  COAL HANDLING & TREATMENT Credits : 3
  FLOTATION Credits : 3
  MILLING OF DIAMONDS ORES Credits : 2
  PROJECT Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Elective Courses

  MINING, HEALTH & SAFETY, AND ENVIRONMENT LAWS Credits : 2
  MINE SUPERVISION AND MANAGEMENT Credits : 2
Contact Details :
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