Coordinated by the Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation (SMI-CMLR), a recognised source of quality research at the cutting edge of issues in environmental management and sustainability across all resource commodities, the Environment field guides students through issues of environmental responsibility and sustainable mining in the extractives industry.

Today’s best practice requires skilled mining professionals who can identify environmental issues and implement integrated environmental management plans.

Formally established in 1993, the SMI-CMLR consists of a collaborative and multi-disciplinary group of research, teaching and support staff and postgraduate students. SMI-CMLR is dedicated to delivering excellence in environmental research, education and awareness to the national and international minerals industry, relevant government departments, non-government organisations and local communities on cutting edge issues in mining environmental management and sustainability across the full spectrum of resource commodities.

SMI-CMLR has built a reputation for the provision of scientific research that is necessary to support and underpin the decisions that need to be made to minimise the risks and maximise the opportunities resulting from resource exploration, extraction and processing globally.

Environment Courses

Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector (MINE7053) This introductory core course is a requirement for all students undertaking the Graduate Certificate program. This couse is an introduction to how sustainable development (SD) relates to the minerals industry. This course covers SD history and theory, drivers to adopt SD principles in the minerals industry, industry response to SD, SD in varied operational settings, including small and mid-tier mining companies, assessment and measurement of SD initiatives at mine operations.

To complement the online nature of this course, there will be a compulsory five day intensive held at UQ’s St Lucia  campus in Brisbane during the first semester, dates to be advised during Week 1. Travel, accommodation costs, and arrangements are the responsibility of the student. A $200 catering fee will also be payable for the week.

Environmental Management in Mining (ENVM7305) provides an introduction to the management of environmental impacts associated with mining activities, that must be managed carefully to balance stakeholder expectations with financial cost to the company. 

Vegetation and Habitat Rehabilitation (ENVM7301) aims to provide fundamental knowledge on critical land and plant system processes, and mine-site experience in their application to the rehabilitation of mined land or terrestrial ecosystems.

Managing Post-Mining Landscapes (ENVM7405) examines the major land and water impacts of mining activities, and introduces land rehabilitation concepts specific to the management of sites impacted by mining and processing of ores and energy resources.

Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector – Tools and Integration (MINE7061) This course is a core course for all students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma program. Building on the foundation of ‘Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector’, this course introduces students to a range of tools and frameworks that can be used to inform sustainability thinking and practice. The course examines the connectivity and pathways that these tools provide across the range of SMI’s ‘disciplines’ and their integration into, and practical use, when applied to the sustainability challenges facing the global resources sector.

Water Management in the Resources Sector (MINE7050) highlights the importance of management of hydrological processes in the Resources Sector. Water quality examination, local and regional surface and subsurface hydrology, acid mine drainage, requirements for mine lease relinquishment, and monitoring techniques and strategies are covered in depth.

Geographical Information Systems (GEOM7005) provides students with a foundation in the science and technology of geographical information systems (GIS). GIS science focuses on ways to describe and explain geographical patterns and proceses. GIS technology focuses on data modelling, databases and map visualisation.

Applied Research Methods (ENVM7003) introduces students to a broad range of research, evaluation and decision support techniques relevant to environmental managers. Research design, research validity and reliability, survey research, sampling, quantitative and qualitative analysis.