Mining Engineering B.S. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mining Engineering program at UNR is to provide a quality education that prepares students for the challenges and opportunities statewide and worldwide in mining engineering.  Classroom, laboratory, and field experiences will provide a solid foundation in mine design, surveying, rock fragmentation,mine ventilation, ground control, materials handling, resource/reserve estimation,mine feasibility, mineral processing, computer applications, automation and control, and safety and environmental impacts. Graduates will be prepared for industrial and government employment or for advanced university studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the mathematics, science, and engineering areas necessary to identify, formulate, and solve practical engineering problems.  The program will maintain compliance with ABET Accreditation.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Successful completion of mathematics, science, and foundational engineering courses.
  • Performance on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
Assessment Method
  • Performance in mathematics, science, and foundational engineering courses.
  • Pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
  • Accreditation status of program.

2. Students will demonstrate proficiency in engineering topics related to surface and underground mining.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Written, oral, and laboratory performance in the mining engineering curriculum.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty evaluation of performance in Mining Methods, Materials Handling, Mineral Processing, Rock Mechanics, Environmental Control, and Resource/Reserve Estimation

3. Students will demonstrate the ability to plan and design a technically sound mine in an ethically, environmentally, and socially responsible manner.  Moreover, students will be able to communicate plans, designs, and operational practices to mine representatives,regulators, and the public.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Oral and written presentations of surface and/or underground mine plans, designs, and feasibility studies that conform to accepted design principles.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty and mine representative evaluations of senior design projects and presentations in Underground Mine Design, Surface Mine Design, and Mine Feasibility.
  • Student self-evaluation of senior design projects and relevant coursework.

4. Students will be prepared for entry-level positions in the operations and management of mines,or for graduate-level study in engineering.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Work experience within the mining industry during undergraduate studies.
  • Employment upon graduation.
  • Acceptance to graduate school.
Assessment Method
  • Faculty evaluations of reports for Mineral Industry Practicum and Mineral Industry Employment.
  • Written evaluations from internship and employment supervisors.
  • Senior exit interviews.
  • Alumni and employer surveys.