Detailed Course Structure

YEAR ONE SEMESTER ONE

MR 141 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.\

 

MR 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.

 

MR 153 Linear Algebra and Trigonometry (2, 2, 2)

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

 

MR 155 Technical Drawing I (2, 2, 3)

Lettering with inclined and vertical strokes. Word spacing and compositions. Construction of lines. Angles. Regular polygons and general loci. Descriptive Geometry. First and third angle orthogonal projections. Dimensioning, limits, fits and tolerance.

 

MR 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.

 

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

Introduction to PCs. Windows Operating System, Internet usage, Word Processing, using MS Word. Spreadsheet using MS Excel. Introduction to Programming using Visual Basic Applications (VBA).

 

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

Introduction to Geology, Brief Treatment of Surface Process, Mechanical Properties of Primary and Secondary Structural Features and Introduction to Maps. The Earth, Wind Actions and Deserts, Streams and Drainage Systems, Glaciers and Glaciation, Structural Geology (Deformation of Rocks).

 

MR 167 Basic Mechanics (2, 1, 2)

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, Simple Harmonic Motion.

 

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

Movement and Travel: Using adverbs of place to locate places; asking one’s way around, giving direction to places. 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

 

MR 150 Calculus (2, 1, 2)

Differentiation of Algebraic and Circular Functions, Partial Differentiation, Logarithmic Differentiation, Ordinary Differential Equations, Integration, Laplace Transforms, Functions of Several Variables, Gamma and Beta Functions.

 

MR 152 Strength of Materials (2, 1, 2)

Simple Stress and Strain, Axially Loaded Members/ Springs/Bars, Temperature and Shear Stresses, Centroids and Moment Of Inertia, Torsion, Beams, Shear Force and Bending Moments, Bending, Plane/ Compound Stresses.

 

MR 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. Assembly drawings from both exploded view and working drawing views.

 

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

Communication skills. Oral presentation. Formal speech making. Conducting interviews and meetings. Communication process. Skill in communication. Channels in communication in an organization. Preparation of official documents such as letters, memos, reports, minutes and proposals.

 

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

Outline of crystallography, Elements of Crystal, The Crystal Symmetry, Crystallographic Axis and Crystal Systems, 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.

 

MR 162 Applied Electronics (2, 1, 2)

Physical principles of semiconductor devices. Transistors. Feedback theorem. Operational Amplifiers. Thyristors. Instrumentation.

 

MR 164 Principles of Metallurgical Engineering (2, 1, 2)

Introduction, Comminution, Concentration Processes, Extractive Metallurgy

 

MR 172 Mineral Chemistry

This course provides a fundamental understanding into relevant concepts of chemistry for Minerals Engineering. Structure of the atom, Bonding, State of matter, Surface chemistry, Colloid chemistry

 

YEAR TWO SEMESTER ONE

MR 251 Literature in English I (1, 1, 1)

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.

 

MR 255 Mathematical Methods (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.

 

MR 257 Analytical Chemistry (2,2,3)

Introduction, Analytical Methods of Analysis, Gravimetric and Volumetric Analysis, Electro analytical Procedures, Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Chromatography.

 

MR 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.

 

MR 261 Introduction to Mining (2,0,2)

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

 

MR 271 Comminution (2, 2, 3)

Introduction, Scope and Basic Concepts, Screening and Classification, Crushing and Crushers, Ore Transportation, Grinding.

 

MR 275 Metallurgical Thermodynamics (2, 2, 3)

Thermodynamic Systems, Thermochemistry, Equilibria Systems, Thermodynamics of Solutions, Chemical Kinetics, Ionic Equilibria, Radioactivity.

YEAR TWO SEMESTER TWO

MR 250 Mathematical Analysis (2, 1, 2)

Ordinary Differential Equations: Definition; Variables — Separable Forms, Exact Equations, Homogeneous Functions (Equations); First and Second Order Equations: Solutions by Complex Methods: Methods of Solving Constant Coefficients Equations, Solutions by Series (E.G. Frobenius Series).

 

MR 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.

 

MR 256 Field Trip and Technical Report Writing I (1, 1, 1)

Field trips equip students with basic experience required in their field and the practical skills to be able to use fundamental knowledge to solve mathematical problems.

Field trips to the area of interest. Students will be expected to present reports upon which they will be assessed for their credits.

 

MR 264 Fluid Mechanics (2, 2, 3)

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

 

MR 272 Mineral Separation Processes (2, 2, 3)

Introduction and Scope, Concentration processes, Ore sorting, Gravity concentration, Heavy media separation, Magnetic separation, Electrostatic Separation, Flotation.

 

MR 274 Materials Science and Engineering (2,2,3)

The Structure of Materials, Properties and Selection of Materials, Principles of Polymeric Materials, Manufacture and Properties of Ceramics, Manufacture and Properties of Composites, Steel Products, Corrosion. Materials forming processes; grinding, casting, rolling, milling, extrusion, forging

 

MR 276 Pyrometallurgy (2,2,3)

Fuel, Refractories, Drying and Calcination, Roasting, Agglomeration, Smelting, Ellingham Diagrams, Pyrometallurgical Applications in Metal Extraction, Cement production.

 

MR 280 Assaying (2, 2, 3)

 

What is assaying, Sampling and its categories, Metallurgical testing, Instrumental methods of analysis

 

 

YEAR THREE SEMESTER ONE

MR 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 Engineering. Any modern language may be used.

 

MR 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

 

MR 371 Hydrometallurgy (2,2,3)

Introduction to leaching, Leaching reagents, Prediction of dissolution windows using Eh-pH diagrams, Unit Operations in Leaching, Solution purification, Recovery processes.

 

MR 373 Process Instrumentation (2,1,2)

Introduction and Rationale for Instrumentation, Measurement, Application of process instrumentation to extractive metallurgy – leaching, comminution, roasting, smelting, Flow Measurement.

 

MR 375 Beneficiation of Industrial Minerals (2,1,2)

Industrial minerals, Quality assessment of industrial minerals, Production of salt from sea water, Beneficiation of limestone, kaolin, silica sand, diamonds and mica, Application of industrial minerals, Environmental issues in industrial mineral production.

 

MR 377 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.

 

MR 379 Microbial Technology (2, 1, 2)

Microbial biotechnology, Microbes and environment, Microbial mineral extraction, Biooxidation of refractory gold ores, Bioleaching of Cu, Zn, U and Ni.

 

MR 381 Physical Metallurgy (2, 1, 2)

Experimental tools and techniques in Physical Metallurgy: Metallography (Optical TEM, SEM), X Ray Diffraction, Mechanical Properties, Thermal analysis, The thermodynamic basis of phase diagrams Characterisation of microstructures: Crystal defects in metals, The liquid to solid transformation, Non-ferrous metal and its alloys, Precipitation in the solid state, Heat treatment of steel, Application of physical metallurgy : Strengthening mechanism, strength vs. toughness (ductility), thermo mechanical processing, micro alloyed steel, ultra-high strength steel, super alloy, control of texture

 

YEAR THREE SEMESTER TWO

MR 352 Public Relations (2, 0, 2)

Scope and importance of Public Relations (PR): the business of PR, definitions of PR, the publics of PR; PR distinguished from other forms of communication; the five images in PR; the qualities of a good PR officer. Planning PR programmes: the four reasons for planning PR programmes; the six-point planning model; the PR transfer process. The PR department; the size of PR department; the PR consultant and manager. The news media; the created private media; press relations. PR in developing countries. Crisis management PR

 

MR 354 Ore Mineralogy and Microscopy (1, 3, 2)

Course Objective, Theory, Qualitative and Quantitative Microscopy, Systematic Identification of Ore Minerals.

 

MR 356 Fieldtrip and Technical Report Writing II (0, 4, 1)

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

 

MR 358 Heat Transfer (2, 1, 2)

In this course students are introduced to the concept of conduction, convection, laminar and turbulent boundary layers, flow boundary layer and thermal boundary layer as well as their applications to heat exchangers. Radiative heat transfer and solar energy are also treated.

 

MR 370 Computer Applications in Minerals Engineering (1, 4, 2)

Microsoft Office suite, Metallurgical Accounting and Control, Computer aided designing (CAD), Computer Programming, Computer aided Modelling and simulations.

 

MR 374 Process Control (2,2,3)

Introduction to control processes, Review of Laplace transforms, Linearization of systems, Introduction to feed back control.

 

MR 376 Environmental Management and Safety (2,2,3)

Environmental resources, Concept of Environmental Quality and standards, Chemical quality, Biological Quality, Environmental Impact Assessment, Ergonomics, Personal Protection Equipment, Chemicals Safety, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) International Safety Organisation (ISO) Standards.

 

MR 380 Ferrous Metallurgy (2,2,3)

Review of Metallurgical thermodynamics, Iron ore, Iron blast furnace, Steel making, Ferro alloys.

 

YEAR FOUR SEMESTER ONE

MR 451 Research Methods and Ethics in Science (2, 0, 2)

Introduction and Definitions, Research Process, Research Design, Literature Review, Sampling, Reliability and Validity of Data, Qualitative Research Methodologies, Quantitative Research, Research Reports.

 

MR 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.

 

MR 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

 

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

Introduction to Economics, Business Enterprise, Demand and Supply, the Concept of Market and Market Structures, Inflation, Measuring Nominal Income and Product: Gross National Product, Money and Banking.

 

MR 471 Hydrometallurgical Applications (2, 2, 3)

Review of hydrometallurgical processes, Gold ores, Beneficiation of alluvial ores, Beneficiation of free-milling ores, Beneficiation of complex ores, Environmental issues of gold beneficiation, Bauxite, Extraction of Copper, Extraction of Manganese.

 

MR 475 Environmental Chemistry and Management of Mine Waste Waters (2, 1, 2)

Definition of mine waters, Geochemistry of mine waters, Water-mineral interactions, Removal of metals and non-metals from mine waters, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements, International Cyanide Management Code (ICMC).

 

MR 477 Electrometallurgy (2, 2, 3)

Introduction and scope, Electrolytes, Electrochemistry of aqueous solutions, Polarization and over-potentials, Tank house and cell design and construction, Electrolysis, Applications to the extraction of aluminium, gold, copper and manganese.

 

YEAR FOUR SEMESTER TWO

MR 450 Project Work (0, 12, 4)

Each student will undertake a project work relevant to the Environment and Safety of industries and within the Environmental and Safety engineering curriculum under the supervision of a member of staff of the Department or the University.

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

Students are either given current topics of interest or are made to discuss and present an update of their project works either in class or at a forum.

MR 454 Business Entrepreneurship (2, 0, 2)

Introduction to Business Entrepreneurship Forms of Business Ownership. Resources and Distribution Channels, Small Scale Business Management, Financing Management, Insurance, Industrial Relations & Labor Relations, Workshop on Building a Graduate Entrepreneur, Special emphasis on how to write a Business Plan.

MR 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.

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

Some developments in management thought, functions of managers. Managerial planning and decision-making. Organising: 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.

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

The concept of sustainable development. The evolution of Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS): 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

MR 474 Metallurgical Plant Design and Control (2, 2, 3)

Flow sheet types and advanced flow sheet development, Plant construction and commissioning, Plant management, Metallurgical accounting, materials and metal balances around units and circuits, Occupational health, plant safety and housekeeping, Business improvement in mineral extraction (effective plant monitoring methods and operational management modelling).