Detailed Course Structure

YEAR ONE SEMESTER ONE

MN141 Basic French I (1, 1, 1)

Establish one’s Identity: Greetings and polite expression, introducing oneself and other. The Francophone World: The place of French in the world; Francophone countries and La Francophone. Time and Weather: Days of the week, months of the year; telling the time of the clock. Telling the weather, weather forecast. The Family/Professions: Members of the family, one’s place in the family; professions/trades of parents. Health and Sport: Parts of the body stating where one is suffering from; common diseases and medications; heath facilities.

MN 151 Applied Electricity (2, 1, 2)

Circuit laws. Circuit theorems. Electrostatics. Electromagnetic. Magnetic circuits. Inductance. Alternating Voltage and Current. Signal waveforms. Introduction to transformers, DC Machines, Induction Machines and Synchronous machines.

MN 153 Linear Algebra and Trigonometry (2, 2, 3)

Complex numbers: De Moivre’s theorem and its application to (i) summation of series, (ii) expansion of Sinn and Cosn in double angles, (iii) expansion of Sinn and Cosn in terms of Sinn and Cosn. Vector algebra and its applications. Introduction to matrix algebra and Spherical trigonometry.

MN 155 Technical Drawing (1, 3, 2)

Letter with inclined and vertical strokes. Word spacing and compositions. Construction of lines, angles, regular polygons and general loci. First and third angle orthogonal projections and Dimensioning, limits, fits and tolerance.

MN 157 Communication Skills I (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to communication: methods and systems of communication. Pre-writing skills: developing listening skills, note-taking and note-making, developing reading skills, developing writing skills (I): Sentence level (the sentence as an ordered string of words, the simple sentence, basic sentence patterns, common grammatical errors). Coordination and parallelism. Ambiguity and Conventions of usage.

MN 159 Introduction to Computing (1, 2, 2)

Introduction to PCs. Windows operating system. Internet usage. Word Processing using MS Word. Spreadsheet using MS Excel. Presentation using MS PowerPoint. Programming using Visual Basic Applications (VBA) or any modern language useful for Engineers to know the basic concept of programming.

MN 161 Physical and Structural Geology (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to Geology and its branches.  Internal structure of the earth. Continental margins: shelf, slope, rise. Plate tectonics. Earthquakes. Surface geomorphology. Principles of stratigraphy: fossils, geological time scale, radiometric methods of age determination. Brief treatment of the formation, classification, and identification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Mechanical properties of primary and secondary structural features and Introduction to maps.

MN 167 Basic Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Review of vectors. Review of trigonometry. Fundamental concepts of mechanics. Forces and moments. Equilibrium of a rigid body. Structural analysis. Friction. Simple machines. Basic dynamics of Particles. Basic dynamics of rigid bodies and Simple harmonic motion.

 

YEAR ONE SEMESTER TWO

MN 142 Basic French II (1, 1, 1)

Transportation: means and types of transport; local and foreign travel, identifying travel schedules. Problems of transportation. Making Purchases/shopping: Saying what one wants to buy; asking the price of items, bargaining and mode of payment. Life in the University: Identifying places on campus. Academic activities; administrative activities. Culinary Art /French cuisine: Art of cooking; kitchen/cooking utensils. Types of meals in a day

MN 150 Calculus (2, 1, 2)

Differentiation of Algebraic and Circular Functions, Definitions, Partial Differentiation, Logarithmic Differentiation, Parametric Differentiation, Integration.

MN 152 Strength of Materials (2, 2, 3)

Mechanical properties of materials, Simple stresses, Axially loaded members, Temperature stresses, Shear stresses, Torsional shear stresses, Beams; Shear force and Bending moments, Bending stress in Beams. Complex Stresses: Two dimensional stress, Mohr’s stress circle.

MN 154 Physical and Analytical Chemistry (2, 1, 2)

Structure of the Atom, Chemical Bonding, Properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases, Introduction to Thermodynamics, Reaction Kinetics, Introduction and Scope of Analytical Chemistry, Sampling, Gravimetric Analysis, Volumetric Analysis, Spectrophotometric Analysis.

MN 156 Engineering Drawing (2, 2, 3)

Sectional views and standard conventions of sectional views, Curves of intersection of various planes and solids, Development of various solids like cylinders and spheres and Assembly drawing from both exploded view and working drawing views. Introduction to computer aided design software (eg AutoCAD).

MN 158 Communication Skills II (2, 1, 2)

Developing writing skills (II): Paragraph level (the controlling idea, the topic sentence, supporting sentences and developing the paragraph, transitional devices.) Developing writing skills (III): The whole essay (forms of discourse, inductive and deductive reasoning.) Developing writing skills (IV): Style (registers, diction, spelling and punctuation, editing).

MN 160 Mineralogy and Petrology (2, 2, 3)

Characteristics of the Isometric, Tetragonal, Hexagonal, Orthorhombic, Monoclinic and Triclinic Systems. Physical Properties of Minerals, Colour, Luster, Hardness, Cleavage, Streak, Structure and Forms, Identification of Minerals by their Physical Properties.

MN 162 Applied Electronics (2, 1, 2)

Physical principles of semiconductor devices. Transistors: feedback theorem, operational amplifiers. Integrated circuit form of operational amplifiers. Feedback and stability. Active filters. Thyristors. Applications of basic electronics.

MN 172 Elements of Mining (2, 0, 2)

Basic introduction to underground and surface mining terminologies. Description of various operations in underground and surface mining: drilling, blasting, mucking, supporting, stoping, ventilation, benching, stripping, reclamation, including technology and equipment. Impact of mining on the environment.

 

YEAR TWO SEMESTER ONE

Introduction to literary terms and devices. Specific texts: prose, drama, poetry. Vocabulary and language use. Literature as a reflection of contemporary way of life or society (the text as mirrors). Literature and morality (the text as examples). Literature as a form of entertainment. African Writers Series.

MN 255 Mathematical Methods (2, 1, 2)

Ordinary Differential Equations, Laplace Transforms, Functions of Several Variables, Gamma and Beta Functions.

MN 259 Geology of Ghana (2, 1, 2)

Stratigraphic succession of rocks in Ghana. Treatment of individual systems/series/formation and their associated economic mineral deposits. Basic map work.

MN 263 Mine Machinery (2, 1, 2)

General description and classification of mine machinery. Drilling machines and accessories. Tunneling and boring machines. Hoist and hoisting systems including duty cycle. Compressors.

MN 267 Thermodynamics (2, 2, 3)

Fundamental concepts. Zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics. Application to simple compressible substances. Introduction to gas power cycles. Vapour power cycles and introduction to steam plant. Reciprocating expanders and compressors. Theory of mixtures. Introduction to reciprocating IC engines.

MN 273 Introduction to Petroleum Engineering (2, 2, 3)

Nature of oil and gas. Fundamentals of petroleum geology. Fundamentals of oil and gas well drilling. Fundamentals of offshore drilling equipments. Principles of oil field development. Fundamentals of production methods and equipment. Fundamentals of transportation and gathering of oil and gas.

MN 277 Economic and Exploration Geology (2, 1, 2)

Classification and processes of formation of mineral deposits, surface and underground mapping methods. Use of geophysics and geochemistry in mineral exploration. Sampling, pitting, trenching and drilling techniques in mineral exploration.

MN 279 Mineral Processing and Analysis (2, 1, 2)

Comminution, classification, separation and concentration methods. Determination of the grade of ores and mineral products.

 

YEAR TWO SEMESTER TWO

MN 250 Mathematical Analysis (2, 1, 2)

Rolle’s Theorem, Mean Value Theorems. Taylor’s Theorem, Convergence of Series, Power Series, Taylor’s Series and Maclaurin’s Series. Indeterminate Forms, Differentiation, Parametric Differentiation with Application to Plane Curve.

MN 252 Literature in English II (1, 1, 1)

Reading and appreciation. Literary terms. Specific texts: prose, drama, poetry. Vocabulary and language use. Literature as a reflection of contemporary way of life or society (the text as mirrors). Literature and morality (the text as examples) literature as a form of entertainment. Shakespearean and modern classics.

MN 254 Soil Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Scope of soil mechanics. Index and engineering properties of soil. Phase relationships. Soil improvement and applications. Shear strength of soils. Bearing capacity of soils. Lateral earth pressure. Consolidation and settlement. Site investigation. Pedology: Origin of soils, categories and types of soil, identification and properties of soil.

MN 256 Fieldtrip and Technical Report Writing I (1, 1, 1)

Fieldtrips to areas of interest. Students will be expected to present reports upon which they will be assessed for their credits.

MN 262 Land Surveying (2, 4, 3)

Introduction. Basic Concepts and Features of Surveying, Basic Techniques. Methods and Principles. Basic Principles, Chain / Tape Surveying, Compass Surveying, Leveling. Theodolite Surveying, Tachometric Surveying, Electromagnetic Distance Measurement. GPS Survey.

MN 264 Fluid Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Introduction, Fluid Flow Concepts, Fluid Statics, Fluid Dynamics.

MN 270 Extractive Metallurgy (2, 1, 2)

Pyrometallurgy: Drying, calcination and smelting. Hydrometallurgy: leaching and adsorption. Electrometallurgy: electrowinning and electrorefining.

MN 272 Ground Fragmentation (2, 2, 3)

Methods of ground fragmentation: Ripping. Drilling and blasting. Types of explosives and their properties. Blasthole loading methods and blast initiation. Introduction to delay blasting. Underground and surface blast design. Environmental impact of blasting.

MN 274 Alluvial and Ocean Mining (2, 1, 2)

Characteristics of alluvial minerals. Process of formation of alluvial deposits. Types of alluvial deposits. Exploring for alluvial deposits. Alluvial mining and processing methods. Environmental impact of alluvial mining. Economic uses of the ocean. Geographical and legal divisions of the ocean. Exploring the oceans for minerals. Marine consolidated and unconsolidated deposits. Marine mining methods of consolidated and unconsolidated deposits. Challenges in ocean mining.

 

YEAR THREE SEMESTER ONE

MN 351 Computer Programming (1, 2, 2)

Elements of Programming, Data Description Statements, Control Structures, Data-Processing Statements, Input and Output (I/O) Statements, Procedure for Developing A Computer Program And Writing Algorithms, Building A Visual Basic Application, Steps in Developing Application., Visual Basic Data Types, Visual Basic Decisions, Conditions and Loops, Visual Basic Arithmetic Operators, Visual Basic Programming Applications in Safety.

MN 353 Mine Surveying (1, 2, 2)

Field Astronomy: measurement to celestial bodies. Underground Surveying: correlation of surface to underground workings, stope surveying and measurement, connection of levels, borehole surveying.

MN 357 Rock Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

Physical and mechanical properties of Rocks. Rock Mass Structure. Stereographic Projection in Rock Mechanics. Rock Mass Classification. Underground Excavations in Massive Rock. Room and Pillar Design. Excavation Support Systems. Rock Slope Stability in Jointed Rock mass. Subsidence. Practicals.

MN 359 Materials Handling (2, 2, 3)

General introduction to materials handling. Haulage systems including belt conveyors, truck haulage and rail haulage. Excavators and loaders including shovels, FEL, LHD, tractor scrapers, slushers/scrapers, BWE/BCE, draglines and dozers. Equipment scheduling. Stockpiling.

MN 361 Probability and Statistics (2, 1, 2)

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis. Principles of Probability. Random Variables and Distribution. Special Distribution. Testing of Hypothesis and Significance. Regression and correlation analyses. Mathematical Expectation.

MR 363 Numerical Analysis (2, 1, 2)

Error analysis, Interpolation, Iterative methods for solving systems of linear equations, Finite differences, Iterative Methods for Solving Systems Equations, Numerical Solution of Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations. Introduction to Matlab software.

MN 365 Environmental Management (2, 2, 3)

Mine atmosphere. Air parameters. Industrial gases. Dust. Atmospheric air and air pollution. Heat and climate in subsurface environment. Thermal stress environment. Thermal indices. Industrial fires. Water quality and water pollution. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Use of Instruments for measuring air, gases, dust and thermal Index.

MN 377 Underground Mine Development (2, 2, 3)

Introduction to mine development. Mine entries. Horizontal, inclined and vertical development workings and the determination of their optimum dimensions and locations. Shaft sinking and tunneling (drifting). Methods of excavation including boring methods. Supporting mine excavations: types of support and materials for supporting, etc.

 

YEAR THREE SEMESTER TWO

MN 350 Mineral Resource Estimation (2, 1, 2)

Mineral resource classification. Classical estimators. Variography. Error estimation. Ordinary Kriging. Introduction of computer applications software such as Datamine in resource estimation

MN 352 Public Relations (2, 0, 2)

Meaning, Nature and scope of public Relations (PR) as exhibited by its definition and distinction from other forms of communication. Planning of PR programmes. The role PR plays in organisations and as whether to set up a PR department or depend on the services of a PR consultant. Media and press relations, Case studies.

MN 356 Fieldtrip and Technical Report Writing II (0, 4, 1)
Fieldtrip to areas of interest. Students will be expected to present reports upon which they will be assessed for their credits.

MN 370 Computer Applications in Mining I (1, 4, 2)
Advanced spreadsheet applications including macros. Database management using MS Access. Digitising, contouring, volume and tonnage calculation using appropriate software such as Surfer, Datamine etc. Introduction to general mine planning and design software packages such as Surpac, Whittle, MineSight, etc.

MN 372 Underground Mining Systems (2, 2, 3)
Stoping methods (classification and selection). Support systems. Equipment selection. Selective mining. Unit operations. Ore transfers. Ore dilution and losses.

MN 374 Surface Mining Systems (2, 2, 3)

Classification and selection of surface mining methods: strip mining, open-pit mining and open-cast mining. Open-pit nomenclature. Stripping ratios. Techniques for determining ultimate pit limit: BESR, Moving Cone and Lesch-Grossman. Unit operations: excavation, loading and transportation. Waste dump and tailings dam design. Environmental impact of surface mining. Land reclamation.

MN 378 Mine Ventilation and Safety (2, 2, 3)

Theoretical aspects of fluid flow. Laws of airflow. Pressure quantity survey. Laws of air distribution. Network analysis. Natural ventilation. Ventilation of mines by fans. Mine ventilation systems and control devices. Auxiliary ventilation systems. Booster ventilation systems. Refrigeration and cooling systems. Practicals: Airflow through ductings. Fan characteristics. Mine rescue apparatus and usage.

MN 380 Mine Drainage (2, 1, 2)

Sources and nature of mine waters. Estimation of water quantities. Methods of dewatering and drainage. Pumping systems. Equipment selection and economics of mine drainage. Student course work on pump selection.

YEAR FOUR SEMESTER ONE

MN 451 Research Methods and Ethics in Science (2, 0, 2)
Definition and concepts of research. Research process. Research design. Literature review. Sampling. Reliability and validity of data. Qualitative and quantitative research methods. Research reporting. Definition of ethics in science. How ethics and values intersect with professionalism. Ethical theory and applications. Standards of ethical conduct in science. Common ethical principles in science. Fraud in science. Whistle blowing. Conflict of interest. Case studies.

MN 453 Mineral Project Evaluation (2, 2, 3)

Overview of mineral project evaluation: Distinctive features of the mine investment climate, investment analysis, definition of mineral project evaluation. Time value of money. Estimation of revenue and costs. Mine taxation and allowances. Financial analysis. Investment decision criteria. Cash flow, sensitivity and risk analyses.

MN 455 Geographic Information Systems (1, 3, 2)

General introduction of GIS. Spatial data and geo-information. Representation of real world. Representation of geographic fields and objects. Computer representation of geographic data. Topology and spatial relationship. Data processing systems. Data entry and preparation. Spatial data analysis. Data visualisation. Application of GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS) to resource management.

MN 459 Operations Research (2, 2, 3)

Application of the following operations research techniques in solving relevant problems: Linear and integer programming. Assignment and transportation problems. Decision analysis. Project scheduling methods: CPM, PERT. Simulation techniques. Application of appropriate computer software.

MN 461 Principles of Economics (2, 0, 2)

Introduction to microeconomics: Demand and supply. Elasticities. The concept of market structures. Introduction to macroeconomics: Functions of government. Measurement of national output and income. Money and banking. Unemployment and inflation. Interdependence and the gains from trade.

MN 467 Instrumentation and Control (2, 2, 3)

General Introduction to the science of measurement. Introduction to strain gauges. Advanced strain gauge system. General discussion on open and closed loops. Translation elements and block diagrams. Types of systems response. The theory and practice of control technology. General comments on other types of controllers.

MN 471 Mine Planning and Design (2, 2, 3)

General principles of feasibility studies. Elements of feasibility studies pertaining to mineral properties. Design of workings vis-a-vis deposit characteristics. Work and method study in design decisions. Mining systems design principles.

MN 473 Computer Applications in Mining II (1, 4, 2)
Modelling and simulation of load and haul systems using appropriate software such as Arena, Talpac or Siman. Solution of linear programming problems in mining using appropriate software such as Lindo. Using scripting and automation to solve challenges in mining software usage.

YEAR FOUR SEMESTER TWO

MN 450 Project Work (0, 12, 4)

Each student will undertake a project work relevant to the mining industry and within the mining engineering curriculum under the supervision of a member of staff of the Department or the University. Project work at this level is aimed at gathering, analysing and presenting data in the form of a technical report.

MN 452 Colloquium/Seminar (1, 1, 1)

Students will be taught the rigor of technical writing and oral/poster presentation. Each student will present a seminar on his/her project work or scientific topic agreed on with his/her supervisor.

MN 454 Business Entrepreneurship (2, 0, 2)

Introduction to business entrepreneurship: Definitions and theories of business entrepreneurship. How to identify new business opportunities. Forms of business ownership. Starting a business in Ghana. Writing a business plan. Management of business enterprises: Financial management, Insurance, Taxation. Risks in business.  Entrepreneurship as a strategic practice.

MN 456 Mining Laws and Regulations (2, 1, 2)

Minerals and Mining Laws. Small Scale Mining Laws. Mining, Safety and Health Regulation. Explosives Regulations. Environmental Laws/Regulations.

MN 458 Principles of Management (2, 0, 2)

Introduction: Some developments in management thought, functions of managers. Managerial planning and decision-making. Orgnanising: The formal organisational structure, organisational levels and span of management, departmentation, power, authority, responsibility and accountability, Decentralisation and delegation of authority. Staffing or human resource management. The human factor, motivation and leadership. Controlling. Application of the principles of management through case studies.

MN 460 Corporate Social Responsibility (2, 0, 2)

The concept of sustainable development. The evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Drivers and definitions. Theories to analyse and explain Corporate Social Responsibility. Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility in Ghana. Compensation, relocation/resettlement and alternative livelihood issues. Case studies.

MN 472 Small Scale Mining and Processing (2, 1, 2)

Characteristics of small scale mines. Geological environment for small scale gold and diamond mining. Safe mining methods for small scale mining. Mineral liberation techniques in small scale mining. Small scale gold trade. Safety and environmental challenges in small scale mining.