BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING HONOURS DEGREE IN METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING (HMETE)
1.2 The degree will be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed
the programme and passed examinations in accordance with the Faculty Regulations.
2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
2.1.1 The Programme aims to meet the substantial need for professionals
in Mineral Processing (Benefciation), Extractive Metallurgy and
Metallurgical Product Development. The emphasis of the programme
is on value addition (benefciation, extractive metallurgy and product
2.2.1 After completion of the degree programme, the student should have gained skills to:
22.214.171.124 Understand, create, design, implement and improve processes
that transform mineral resources (metallic, non-metallic and
fossil fuels) into useful products that improve the quality of
lives in an environmentally responsible way.
3 CAREER PROSPECTS
Graduates with the Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering Honours
• degree can be employed as;
• corrosion engineers
• electrometallurgical engineers
• foundry engineers
• hydrometallurgical engineers
• materials engineers
• metallurgical engineers
• physical metallurgical engineers
• pyro metallurgical engineers
• welding engineers
• supervisors of metallographers
4. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
4.1 Normal Entry
4.1.1 Prospective students must comply with General Academic Regulations
for Undergraduate Degrees at Midlands State University. Entry
requirements are two Advanced Level passes in Mathematics and
Chemistry. Candidates with recognized diplomas in mining engineering,
metallurgy and geology may be considered.
4.2 Special Entry
4.2.1 Refer to section 3.2 of the General Academic Regulations
4.3 Mature Entry
Refer to section 3.3 of the General Academic Regulations
4.4 Visiting School
See section 3 of Faculty Regulations
5. GENERAL PROVISIONS
5.1 Refer to section 5 of the Faculty Regulations.
5.2 Each module is worth 4 credits except for the Work Related Learning Level,
which is worth forty (40) credits, and the dissertation which is worth 8 credits.
5.3 Student is expected to have obtained an approved First Aid certifcate by the
end of second semester of Level 3.
Refer to section 6 of the Faculty Regulations.
7. FAILURE TO SATISFY EXAMINERS
Refer to section 9 of the General Academic Regulations.
8. PROVISION FOR PROGRESSION
Refer to section 8 of the Faculty Regulations.
9. WORK RELATED LEARNING GENERAL GUIDELINES
Refer to section 9 of the Faculty Regulations.
10. GRADING AND DEGREE CLASSIFICATION
Refer to section 11 of the Faculty Regulations.
11. DEGREE WEIGHTING
For the purposes of classifIcation, weighting of the results of the different levels shall be:
12 PROGRAMME STRUCTURE
HMINE111 Engineering Drawing
This module covers: Use of drawing instruments and lettering; Drawing standards and
conventions; Projection methods; Engineering graphics; Measurement of areas; Introduction
to CAD and Machine drawing; Sectional views; ISO conventions in sectioning; Elementary
HMTE 101 Engineering Mathematics I
Calculus in One Variable; Differentiation and Integration; Functions of Several Variables;
Multiple Integrals; Sequences and Series; Complex Numbers.
HMINE 112 Physics for Engineering
The module covers fundamentals concepts of electrical and magnetic energy; Electrostatics
and electric felds; Capacitance and Dielectrics; Magnetic circuits; Electromagnetism;
Electromagnetic induction; Magnetic feld; Electromagnetic induction.
HMINE113 Chemistry for Engineering
Chemistry for Engineering covers basic concepts of physical, organic, analytical and inorganic
chemistry; Experiments involving mole concept, stoichiometry, percent composition and
empirical formula determination; Synthesis, analysis, purifcation and separation techniques;
Reactions of functional groups in hydrocarbons and industrially relevant analytical techniques.
CS 101 Communication Skills
Introduction to communication; Pre-writing skills; Writing skills; Whole essay construction;
Scientifc and technical writing; Reﬂective, Critical and evaluative thinking; Teamwork skills.
HMINE 101 Introduction to computers and computer programming
Concepts of computer technology and practical use of computers; Computing software, Computer
communications; Computer Aided Drawing; Computer systems organization; Number systems;
Legal and ethical considerations; Security; Use of the Internet to develop research skills
HMINE 114 Fundamentals of Geology
This module provides a general introduction to the feld of geology and examines earth materials,
processes and products. Practical examination of rocks and minerals will be undertaken in the
feld and laboratory.
HMINE 115 Workshop Practice
The module covers: Bench ftting; Measuring instruments; Forging; Wood working; Metal
forming; Foundry practice; Safety and care.
HMINE 120 Engineering Mechanics I
Covered in this module are: General Principles; Force Vectors; Equilibrium of a Particle; Force
System Resultants; Equilibrium of a Rigid Body; Structural Analysis; Friction; Center of Gravity
and Centroid; Moments of Inertia; Virtual Work.
HMINE 121 Mining Geology
Building on Fundamentals of Geology (HMINE 114), this module covers the theory and practice
of: ore deposit geology, mineral exploration (including geophysics) and hydrogeology. The
module winds up by introducing students to the mining engineering and metallurgical concepts.
Practical aspects are covered via laboratory work, mine visits and fieldwork.
HMETE120 Materials Science
The module introduces the subject of materials science. The following areas are also covered:
Structure of atoms; Crystal structures; Noncrystalline structures; Imperfections in Solids;
Mechanical Properties; Failure Analysis; Corrosion.
HMETE121 Mineral Benefciation I
The module defnes mineral benefciation and also concentrates on basic mineral processing
unit operations and the related equipment. The unit operations covered in this module are:
Comminution (rock size reduction by crushing and grinding), Size classifcation (screening,
de-sliming, cycloning), Concentration techniques and Dewatering
HMINE124 Computer Programming
Programming in BASIC, PASCAL, C, C++ and Visual Basic; Conditional and repetitive
statements; Input and output; Simple functions; Program structure and organization; Introduction
to classes and objects.
HMINE 125 Electrical Principles
The module covers: Fundamentals of Electric Circuits; Resistive Network Analysis; AC Network
Analysis; Transient Analysis; Frequency Response and System Concepts.
HMTE 102 Engineering Mathematics II
Ordinary Differential Equations; Fourier analysis; Laplace Transforms; Z Transforms.
HMINE 210 GIS and Remote Sensing
This module provides students with critical understanding of the theory and practice of GIS and
Remote Sensing techniques within the feld of applications in geology, mining and environmental
sciences and disaster management.
HMETE 210 Nanoscience I
Nanoscience 1 involves a basic introduction into the nano-world. Technological applications such
as physico-chemical considerations (band structures, typical and useful “nano effects”),colloids
(typical syntheses of nanoparticles),fullerenes, c-nanotubes (synthesis, forms, variants, properties,
applications). Oxide-nanotubes and fbers (synthesis, forms, variants, properties, applications)
will also be included including bio-nano-link, risk discussion and future perspectives.
HMINE 211 Fluid Mechanics
Fluid mechanics; Introduction and ﬂuid statics; General ﬂuid motion; Descriptive treatment
of boundary layer concepts; Conservation of mass and energy; Flow through pipes and open
channels; Steady uniform ﬂow in a rectangular open channel.
HMETE 212 Heat and Mass Transfer
The module focuses on conduction, Convection, Phase Change Heat Transfer and Heat
Exchangers, Radiation, Mass Transfer; Application to metallurgical processes, mass Transfer:
Ficks law; Knudsen diffusion coeffcient; Mass transfer at Phase boundaries; Application to
HMTE 201 Engineering Mathematics III
Introduction to numerical methods for solving problems in mathematics, science and fnance;
Computer arithmetic and rounding errors; Numerical methods for root-fnding; Polynomial
interpolation and splines; Solution for linear algebraic equations; Numerical integration and
differentiation; Numerical integration of ODEs; Euler and second order; Runge-Kutta methods.
ENT 205 Entrepreneurship
Business development; Marketing; Human resources management pricing; Government policies;
Taxation of business; Case studies based on site visits; Preparation of a business plan.
GS 201 Introduction to Gender Studies
This module covers: Gender sensitivity; Gender inequalities; Historical development of
gender issues; Gender analysis; Gender issues in Zimbabwe; Redressing gender imbalances;
Empowerment and strategies for gender responsive environment.
HMETE 221 Metallurgical Thermodynamics
Thermodynamic and electrochemical principles applied to metallurgical processes; phase
rule, heat of reaction, free energy, activity, thermodynamic equilibrium; thermodynamics of
aqueous solutions, thermochemistry of gas mixtures, solution thermochemistry, inter-action
HMETE 222 Foundry Metallurgy
Ferrous foundries and non-ferrous foundries; Types of casting defects, Destructive testing; NonDestructive testing; Metallographic analysis; Thermal galvanisation; Nickel plating.
HMTE 202 Engineering Mathematics IV
The module covers the following statistical concepts: Correlation and regression, Scatterplots,
Correlation matrix; Residuals and transformations; Outliers; Pearson’s and Spearman’s
correlation coeffcients, Predictions; Regression in terms of sums of squares and sums of
products; Estimation and testing; t and F-tests; Multiple linear regression; Matrices in simple
and multiple linear regression; Testing and inference in multiple linear regression using matrices;
Partial correlation; Analysis of variance (ANOVA).
HMETE 223 Plant Machinery and Materials Handling
This module focuses on material handling systems in the mining and minerals industries. This
includes topics on material storage facilities (stockpiles, bins, hoppers etc) , feeder design
principles, conveyance (operation and monitoring), blending principles and equipment, loading
and unloading facilities, pumps; principles of slurry pumping and pump selection calculations,
pneumatic systems (compressors), ﬂowability and other characteristics of materials
HMETE 224 Nanoscience II
Nanoscience II gives an introduction to processing, structure, and properties of materials at the
nanometre length scale. Specifc nanofabrication topics include: epitaxy, beam lithographies,
self- assembly, biocatalytic synthesis, atom optics, and scanning probe lithography. The unique
size- dependent properties (mechanical, thermal, chemical, optical, electronic, and magnetic)
that result from nanoscale structure will be explored in the context of technological applications
including computation, magnetic storage, sensors, and actuators.
HMINE 221 Engineering Mechanics II
Stress and strain; Combined torsion and bending stress; Continuous beams; Stiffness matrix
and nodal force vector; Three dimensional Stress; Computer analysis; Lagrangian formulation
method; Hamiltonian method and D’Alambert’s principle; Rotating coordinate system;Analysis
and design of structures.
HMINE 312 Safety, Health and Environment
Integrated environmental, quality, safety and health management systems; History of safety
concerns and their management in the mining industry; Applicable legislation; Site investigation
guidelines; Hazards; Psychology and acceptability of risk; Probability theory and its application
to risk;Natural hazards risk assessmentand management; Human impacts; Mine rescue;Local
and international Case studies.
HMATE 310 Materials Technology
The module focuses on solidifcation theory; Kinetics of Solidifcation; Phase Equilibria;
Microstructure and Heat Treatment; Metallography and Heat Treatment; Polymers; Ceramics
and Glasses; Materials Selection; Case Studies; Composite Materials; Semiconductors.
HMETE 311 Mineral Benefciation II
The module covers: Gravity concentration (heavy media separation, jigging ﬂowing flm
concentration methods, centrifugal concentrators, shaking tables, spirals); Froth ﬂotation (bulk
ﬂoatation, differential ﬂoatation etc.); Magnetic and electrostatic separation; Optical sorting.
The module also looks at ﬂuid mechanics-ﬂuid properties practical applications.
HMETE 312 Hydrometallurgy I
The module deals with chemical, thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of leaching, separation,
extraction and recovery of metals. In particular, oxidative and non-oxidative leaching of
minerals, purifcation and recovery of metals (precipitation, ion exchange and solvent extraction
reduction electro-winning and ﬂotation) are covered.
HMETE 313 Metallurgical Laboratory Techniques
This module covers the principles and practice of various metallurgical and analytical techniques
that are commonly used in metallurgical plants and laboratories. The topics include metallurgical
sampling, selective precipitation. Analytical techniques covered include Optical Microscopy,
X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Absorption
Spectrophotometry (AAS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICPAES), UV-VIS Spectrophotometry and Infrared Spectrophotometry.
HMINE 314 Research Methods and Technical Writing
This module aims to equip students with scientifc research and report writing skills to prepare
them for dissertation writing, work-based report writing and writing for publications such as
books, journals and magazines. The scientifc research method and ethical aspects of writing
and correct citation of published works, are emphasised.
HMETE 320 Non Ferrous Pyrometallurgy
Non Ferrous Pyrometallurgy of PGMs and gold refning, chrome smelting tantalite smelting;,
base metals refning (Co, Cu, Ni). Other topics include: Process control, Process instrumentation,
P&ID drawings, Characterization of process responses; Feedback control, Tuning Feedback
controllers; Cascade and feed- forward control; Laplace transforms; troubleshooting.
HMETE 321 Ferrous Pyrometallurgy
Nature and occurrence of iron ore; Benefciation of iron ores;Iron and steel production:
Agglomeration processes; Fluxes in iron and steelmaking; Fuels for iron and steelmaking.
HMETE 322 Mechanical Metallurgy
Tensile response of materials; Effect of temperature on ﬂow properties; Stress state (2-D); Stress
tensor, Stress state (3-D), Description of strain, Elasticity; Nano mechanics.
HMETE 323 Refractory Materials
Defnition, functions, properties, classifcation and manufacturing of refractory materials;
Detailed study of different refractory systems (silica, freclay, high alumina, magnesia, chromite,
magnesia-chromite, doloma and magnesia-carbon systems); Reactions taking place during heat
treatment; Effect of different impurities on the refractoriness of different refractory systems;
Phase diagrams in refractory material systems.
HMETE 324 Corrosion Engineering
Corrosion principles; Forms of corrosion; Materials used for corrosion applications (ferrous
alloys, steels and cast irons; nonferrous alloys); Corrosion testing techniques; Corrosion control
(materials selection, design, environment control, cathodic and anodic protection, coatings, high
temperature corrosion); Practical case studies.
HMINE 322 Small Scale Mining
Defnitions and scope; Global distribution; Target minerals; Traditional technologies and
practices; Environmental issues; Legal aspects; Innovative mining and mineral technologies
for the sector; Case studies; Small scale mining as a business; Entrepreneurial opportunities in
small scale mining; Best practices in small-scale mining.
HMETE 325 Third Year Project
Students will undertake practical projects to reinforce their appreciation of the advances in
metallurgical and materials engineering and technologies in the context of value addition to
minerals. Projects with practical industrial components will be encouraged.
HMETE 401 Work Related Learning Report 15
HMETE 402 Academic Supervisor’s Report 15
HMETE 403 Employer’s Assessment Report 10
HMETE 510 Metallurgical Process Design
This module focuses on extractive metallurgy process development and optimization. It includes
energy and mass balances, development of process ﬂow diagram, plant equipment selection and
plant layout, development of process control scheme, cost estimation and economic evaluation,
EIA, development of occupational health and safety plan, consideration of sustainability and
social impact issues.
HMETE 511 Metallurgical Accounting Control and Simulation
This module deals with the collection, analysis, and use of process data. Metallurgical Accounting
and Computer simulations to aid circuit design and optimisation.
HMETE 512 Technological Entrepreneurship and Product Development
The module covers entrepreneurship and enterprise development and covers developing a
business plan and the maximum utilization of the fnancial, marketing and human resources that
make for a successful operation. How entrepreneurs face and resolve challenges and dilemmas
in product development and marketing is discussed and illustrated.
HMINE 511 Fuels and Energy
Fossil fuels and electrochemical engineering; Geological occurrence of fossil fuels; Extraction
of fossil fuels; Clean coal technologies; Electrolytes; Design of electro-synthesis; Electrorecovery of metals; Energy generation of batteries and fuel cells.
HMINE 512 Minerals Economics
Micro-economics; Macro-Economics; Banks and their role in the economy;Employment and
inﬂation; Project evaluation; Sensitivity and risk analysis techniques; Project planning; cost
estimation a control; Commodity marketing; Price stabilization and control.
HMINE 514 Engineering Management
Covers Engineering Management in Enterprises; Project Management; Capital Project
Economics; Breakeven Point;Structure Responsibility Charts;Modern Trends- Intranet; Virtual
Teams; Strategic Partnering; ASP’s; Quality Assurance and Management
HMETE 521 Hydrometallurgy II
Design of solvent extraction, ion exchange and leaching circuits; Principles and applications of
leaching; Hydrometallurgical treatment of minerals, involving unit operations such as leaching,
solvent extraction, electro-winning.
HMATE 520 Welding and Joining of Materials
Temperature modelling and material selection in welding and joining.Mechanical analysis of
joints and welds. Welding and joining workshops.
HMINE 520 Professional Ethics and Practice
Professionalism; professional ethics andsocial responsibility; Professional practices, partnerships
and client relationships; National and International associations and societies in the industry,
Continuous Professional Development, Professional practice legislation.
HMETE 522 Dissertation
This module covers the principles and practice of experimental research work including
research project planning, research design, organisation and implementation, risk assessment,
preparation of a major research report and conduct of research project seminar.