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What You’ll Learn

This course introduces mineral processing theory and practice, providing a practical overview of unit operations and mineral separation fundamentals. Topics include: The role of mineral processing in mining value chain; the importance of mineralogy in the design and operation of mineral processing circuits; comminution; particle size classification; mineral concentration techniques including magnetic, gravity, and flotation separation; and dewatering. Process calculations, such as mass and mineral balancing, will also be introduced as a tool for evaluating process efficiency. Learn more about our other online courses and programs here, at Queen’s Mining Online.

Who is the Course For?

This course is designed for learners with little to no knowledge or experience in mining and/or mineral processing. The course aims to prepare new and experienced industry professionals alike for work in mineral processing operations, laboratory environments, and engineering projects, regardless of their educational and professional background.

Why Enroll in Mining and Mineral Resources: A Systems Overview?

Introduction to mineral processing is a foundational mining professional development course for non-miners. It is offered to professionals who are looking to develop knowledge about the basic concepts of mineral processing. The course will be completely online, as part of a series of future professional development courses with the intent that each will build upon the other. This course introduces mineral processing theory and practice, providing a practical overview of unit operations and mineral separation fundamentals.


About Queen’s Mining

The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining is one of the oldest and largest Mining schools in the world. Consistently ranked in the top 10 worldwide, Queen’s Mining has a reputation for training outstanding graduates and has strong and long-standing connections with the industry. Queen’s Mining now offers a range of online programming.


10 consistently ranked mining engineering schools in the world

125 years of mining education experience

25of mining engineers in Canada are Queen’s Grads


Course Learning Outcome (CLO)

This course focuses on 5 learning outcomes. By the end of this course students should be able to:

Course Learning Outcome (CLO) List

  1. Demonstrate a firm understanding of ore characteristics, particle size analysis and the need for efficient separation of minerals for the production of value-added products
  2. Carry out process calculations to determine efficiency in the separation of minerals and to determine equipment size required in selected processes.
  3. Describe methods for estimation of energy requirements for various size-reduction stages and assess processes used in industrial practice.
  4. Describe options for comminution and classification with respect to ore characteristics.
  5. Describe methods of mineral separation from ores of various complexity.

Course Evaluation

The course features two forms of assessment: Knowledge Check Questions: These are graded quizzes at the end of each module. They are designed to check your understanding of the materials as you progress. Students must achieve a grade of 65% to pass each quiz. Three (3) attempts are allowed per quiz. You may access the course notes and lecture videos while completing the quiz. Problem Sets: These are ungraded assignments that are designed as submission-only tasks, given at the end of each module. Solution sets are provided as feedback for assignment submissions.

Module Course Outcomes List

  • Module 1: Mineralogy and Particle Size Analysis
  • Module 2: Comminution – Crushing
  • Module 3: Comminution – Grinding
  • Module 4: Particle Size Classification
  • Module 5: Gravity Separation Theory
  • Module 6: Gravity Separation – Sluice, Shaking Tables, and Centrifugal Concentrators
  • Module 7: Gravity Separation – Dense Media Separation
  • Module 8: Magnetic & Electrostatic Separation
  • Module 9: Flotation – Mineral Hydrophobicity and Reagents
  • Module 10: Flotation – Equipment
  • Module 11: Process Calculations

Program Requirements

This course is designed for learners with little to no knowledge or experience in mining, and is ideal for professionals who want to expand their knowledge of the mining sector.

Time Commitment

This course represents a study period of approximately 20 hours, spanning across 11 modules. You can expect to invest on average 2-3 hours per module in this course, and have 12 weeks to complete the course at your own pace. Learners who adhere to a predetermined study schedule are more likely to successfully complete the course on time.


Course Fees

The course fee is C$ 1,750.00

Registration Link

Please visit here for course registration and payment. 

Course Offering Schedule

This offering commences on Monday, November 6, 2023, and runs until Sunday, January 28, 2024 – registration is open until Monday, December 18, 2023.

Learners can complete the course at their own pace within that time frame.

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