Academic Catalog

DEPARTMENT OF MINING ENGINEERING

General Information on Undergraduate Program

GENERAL INFORMATION
The Mining Engineering at the METU was established in 1960 to promote the development of mineral resources of the country by providing training for the engineers required by the growing mining industry. The curriculum of the four-year bachelor s program in mining engineering is composed of sufficient parts to make the mining engineer be aware of all the facts of his/her job. The graduate program was started in 1960. The department offers both Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in mining engineering.

MISSION STATETEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT
The mission of the Department of Mining Engineering at the Middle East Technical University is to provide education, carry out research, and enlighten the society pertinent to the science and technology of mining engineering to the highest international standards so that the mankind can benefit from non-renewable mineral resources in a safe, economical, efficient, and environmentally and socially acceptable manner.


VISION STATEMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Mining Engineering at the Middle East Technical University is committed to being an internationally reputable institution, using cutting-edge technologies in education and research; advancing cooperation and collaboration with national and international institutions through student, instructor and researcher exchange programs; strengthening the graduate programs to make the department a base for advance education; bolstering the strong ties with the mineral industry.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
The Mining Engineering Program at METU prepares students for lifetime careers as productive and innovative engineers adaptive to new situations and emerging problems with utmost awareness of ethical, societal and environmental concerns so that, within three to five years after graduation, they will:

1. be preferably employed by leading institutions and companies in mining/mineral processing or related fields in technical, research, safety, or managerial positions,
2. work as leaders or members of teams engaged in multi-disciplinary projects,
3. pursue advanced education and professional training
4. participate in professional and societal activities to serve their profession and the society.

STUDENT OUTCOMES
Upon graduation, the students are expected to acquire the following knowledge, skills, and behavior:

a. Graduates will have an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
b. Graduates will have an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
c. Graduates will have an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
d. Graduates will have an ability to function as leaders or members on multidisciplinary teams as well as to work independently.
e. Graduates will have an ability to identify, formulate, and creatively solve problems in mining engineering practice.
f. Graduates will have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. Graduates will have an ability to communicate effectively in both English and Turkish.
h. Graduates will have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of mining engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
i. Graduates will have recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
j. Graduates will have knowledge of contemporary issues related to mining engineering.
k. Graduates will have an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

ACCREDITATION
The undergraduate program of Mining Engineering was evaluated by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) in 1994 and 2003 was judged to be substantially equivalent to similar named accredited programs in the USA since 1994. The program is the first mining engineering program to be accredited in Turkey.

The Mining Engineering undergraduate program was accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Undergraduate Curriculum


FIRST YEAR

First Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS105 GENERAL PHYSICS I 4 3 2 6.5
CHEM111 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4 3 2 6.0
MATH119 CALCULUS WITH ANALYTIC GEOMETRY 5 4 2 7.5
ME105 COMPUTER AIDED ENGINEERING GRAPHICS 3 2 2 5.0
ENG101 ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES I 4 4 1 6.0
IS100 INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS 0 0 2 1.0

Second Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
PHYS106 GENERAL PHYSICS II 4 3 2 6.5
CHEM112 GENERAL CHEMISTRY II 4 3 2 6.0
MATH120 CALCULUS OF FUNCTIONS OF SEVERAL VARIABLES 5 4 2 7.5
MINE102 INTRODUCTION TO MINERAL INDUSTRIES 2 2 0 4.0
ENG102 ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES II 4 4 1 6.0

SECOND YEAR

Third Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
MATH219 INTRODUCTION TO DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 4 4 0 7.0
ECON210 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS 3 3 0 5.0
ES225 ENGINEERING MECHANICS 4 4 0 6.0
GEOE207 PRINCIPLES OF MINERALOGY &PETROGRAPHY 3 2 2 6.0
GEOE231 ELEMENTS OF GEOLOGY 3 3 0 5.0
MINE201 UNDERGROUND MINING 3 3 0 6.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
HIST2201 0 2 0 2.0
HIST2205 HISTORY OF THE TURKISH REVOLUTION I 0 2 0 2.0

Fourth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
ES224 STRENGTH OF MATERIALS 3 3 0 5.0
GEOE215 PRINCIPLES OF STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY 3 2 2 6.0
MINE202 SURFACE MINING 3 3 0 6.0
CENG230 INTRODUCTION TO C PROGRAMMING 3 2 2 4.0
ENG211 ACADEMIC ORAL PRESENTATION SKILLS 3 3 1 4.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
HIST2202 0 2 0 2.0
HIST2206 HISTORY OF THE TURKISH REVOLUTION II 0 2 0 2.0
            NONTECHNICAL ELECTIVE

THIRD YEAR

Fifth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
ES303 STATISTICAL METHODS FOR ENGINEERS 3 3 0 5.0
MINE300 SUMMER PRACTICE I 0 0 0 4.0
MINE309 MINERAL PROCESSING I 3 2 2 5.0
MINE317 INTRODUCTION TO ROCK MECHANICS 3 2 2 5.0
ME351 THERMODYNAMICS OF HEAT POWER 3 3 0 5.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
TURK105 TURKISH I 0 4 0 2.0
TURK201 ELEMENTARY TURKISH 0 2 0 2.0
TURK303 TURKISH I 0 2 0 2.0
            FREE ELECTIVE
            NONTECHNICAL ELECTIVE

Sixth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
CE374 FLUID MECHANICS 3 3 0 5.0
MINE302 MINE POWER AND MACHINERY 2 2 0 3.0
MINE310 MINERAL PROCESSING II 3 2 2 5.0
MINE312 MINE SURVEYING 3 2 2 5.0
MINE324 ROCK FRAGMENTATION 3 3 0 5.0
MINE332 MINE SYSTEM ANALYSIS 3 3 0 5.0
Any 1 of the following set ..
TURK106 TURKISH II 0 4 0 2.0
TURK202 INTERMEDIATE TURKISH 0 2 0 2.0
TURK304 TURKISH II 0 2 0 2.0

FORTH YEAR

Seventh Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
MINE400 SUMMER PRACTICE II 0 0 0 4.0
MINE407 MINE VALUATION 3 2 2 5.0
MINE417 MINE VENTILATION 3 2 2 5.0
MINE419 MATERIALS HANDLING &MINE TRANSPORT 3 3 0 5.0
MINE427 MINERAL PROCESSING DESIGN 3 2 2 7.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE

Eighth Semester
Course Code Course Name METU Credit Contact (h/w) Lab (h/w) ECTS
MINE416 MINE DESIGN 3 1 4 7.0
MINE422 MINE HEALTH , SAFETY AND ETHICS 3 3 0 5.0
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE
            TECHNICAL ELECTIVE

h/w = hours per week