Course Title: Advanced Metallurgical Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Metallurgical Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


120H Civil, Environmental & Chemical Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007

Course Coordinator: Ass. Prof. Doug Swinbourne

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2201

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

It is assumed that you have passed PROC2057 - Metallurgical Engineering.

Course Description

In this course you will deepen your knowledge of pyrometallurgy through lectures on the analysis of sulfide smelting processes, guided readings from the recent research literature and literature surveys on selected topics. The emphasis will be on using thermodynamics as a tool for understanding and optimising processes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will develop your ability to analyse problems critically.

At the conclusion of this course you will be able to use the Yazawa chemical potential diagram to explain in detail how copper and lead are produced from their sulfide concentrates. You will be able to examine and predict the affects of changing key process variables on outcomes.

You will also gain experience in critically analysing research literature and drawing from it material of importance to practical smelting.

Finally, you will gain a greater confidence in your abiloty to analyse and understand complex processing systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

There will be a series of lectures and tutorials on the fundamental thermodynamic tools required for process analysis.  There will also be time allocated for the reading and discussion of research papers, and short oral presentations in groups.

Overview of Learning Resources

There are no texts for this course. 

The required readings will be specified at the start of the class.

Overview of Assessment

Your understanding of the Yazawa chemical potential diagram will be assessed through two short class tests.

Your understanding of the readings will be assessed both by short written assignments and through your participation in the discussion during classes.

Your ability to generalise your understanding to other smelting systems not covered in class will be assessed both by a written assignment and through a major oral presentation.