Sustainable Development

The unique structure of the Responsible Resource Development program aims to give students a firm foundation in the principles of sustainable development at the beginning of their program.

These principles are integrated through each specialised thematic area, providing students with deeper knowledge in their chosen specialisation that is grounded in the sustainable development paradigm. 

Students enter the program with a common core course, Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector, which incorporates a one week intensive workshop at the University of Queensland's St Lucia campus. As this program is offered almost entirely online, this week of coming together will provide a face to face interaction with students, teachers, and the wider Sustainable Minerals Institute community. 

A second common core, Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector – Tools and Integration, is offered at the Graduate Diploma level of the program, again bringing together all students to share knowledge from their unique specialisations with each other.

For students wishing to focus on Sustainable Development and elect not to specialise, a combination of subjects from across the three specialisations to a total number of required units for each award level can be taken subject to approval by the Program Convenor. A suggested study plan is provided below.

This integrated Sustainable Development program is suitable for any resource industry professional who requires an overview of the main issues and questions which confront the extractives industry in Australia and globally.

It is appropriate for those beginning a new role, transitioning to a different career, or entering managemnet; this could be in private industry, local or national government, or more broadly in civil organisations active in resource communities.

Sustainable Development Courses

Graduate Certificate

Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector (MINE7053) this introductory 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.

Sustainable Management of Risk in Industry (MINE7032) covers the principles and application of risk management methods for industry to achieve its objectives and deliver overall system performance improvements across all facets of business from human, technical and commercial perspectives. 

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. 

Community Aspects of Resource Development (MINE7052) develops an understanding of community impacts of resource development, and the knowledge and skills to engage with and contribute to the development of communities impacted by mining, oil and gas industry activities. 

Graduate Diploma

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.

Regional and Local Economic Development for the Resources Sector (MINE7055) explores community development approaches to local and regional economic development, with a particular focus on the communities and regions associated with the resources industry.

Mine Occupational Health & Safety Management (MINE7041) provides students with the ability to recognise generic mine occupational health and safety hazards and to understand the impact they may have on human health if they are not managed to certain standards. Students who achieve over 75% in ALL assessments qualify for the equivalent to RIIWHS601A Establish and Maintain the WHS Management System, and RIIWHS602D Incorporate Health and Hygiene Factors into Mine Management.

Research Methods for the Resources Sector (MINE7056) explores a range of research methods available for those working with mining and other resource-based communities. This course has a compulsary five day intensive on the St Lucia campus.

Master

Master Thesis (MINE7009) this two semester course, commencing in Semester 1 of any given year, is focused on the production of a thesis that demonstrates 'mastery' of the subject of the Responsible Resource Development program (Community Relations; Environment; or Health & Safety) in terms of principle and practice. Students are to undertake an individual research project, or a program of independent enquiry, under the direction of an academic or research staff member. Students should ensure that a suitable member of staff has agreed to supervise their research, or area of individual enquiry, before enrolling in the course.

The submitted thesis must demonstrate the student's ability to clearly communicate the effective application of content and concepts acquired during Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma studies that would deliver an improved outcome in a chosen aspect of community relations, environmental management, or risk management relevant to the resources sector.

Suggested study plans

One course per semester

Suggested Study plan for Sustainable Development
Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Graduate Certificate 1 MINE7053: Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector ENVM7305: Environmental Management in Mining
2 MINE7032: Sustainable Management of Risk in Industry MINE7052: Community Aspects of Resource Development
Graduate Diploma 3 MINE7061: Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector - Tools and Integration MINE7041: Mine Occupational Health and Safety Management
4 MINE7055: Regional and Local Economic Development in the Resources Sector MINE7056: Community Research Methods for the Resource Sector
Master 5 MINE7009: Master Thesis

Two courses per semester

Suggested Study plan for Sustainable Development
Year Semester 1 Semester 2
Graduate Certificate 1 MINE7053: Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry Context ENVM7305: Environmental Management in Mining
MINE7032: Sustainable Management of Risk in Industry MINE7052: Community Aspects of Resource Development
Graduate Diploma 2 MINE7061: Sustainable Development in the Resources Sector - Tools and Integration MINE7041: Mine Occupational Health and Safety Management
MINE7055: Regional and Local Economic Development in the Resources Sector MINE7056: Community Research Methods for the Resource Sector
Master 3 MINE7009: Master Thesis

* These are suggested study plans only and course selection will depend on individual circumstances and course availability.