Mining – SS1, SS2 & SS3 Curriculum; Scheme of Work; Assessment Tests

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ASSURE Educational Services has put-together the scheme of work on Mining – SS1, SS2 and SS3 based on the National Curriculum and the syllabus of WAEC and NECO. All the topics highlighted in the National Curriculum and the syllabus of WAEC and NECO have been accommodated in our Scheme of Work.

End of term Assessment Tests in SS1, SS2 and SS3 alongside Overall Assessment Tests are available. Schools may adopt our scheme of work because of its simplicity and ease of monitoring of academic activities.

The Scheme of Work stated below is inexhaustible. Schools are encouraged to input weeks and periods of completion of topics in accordance with the academic calendar, number of students and available classes.

SS1 Mining – 1st Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS1 1st Term INTRODUCTION TO MINING (a) Meaning and branches of mining

(b) Terminology used in mining

(c) Classification and importance of minerals

(d) Distribution of minerals in Nigeria

(e) History of mining

(f) Mining activities in Nigeria

(g) Importance of minerals to man and national economy

(h) Minerals markets and cartels

(i) Mine accounting and sources of finance for mining ventures

(j) Aspects of Nigerian minerals and mining Act, 2007

(k) Mining titles acquisition

SS1 Mining – 2nd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS1 2nd Term BASIC GEOLOGY (a) Definition of Geology and its scope

(b) Relationship between Geology and Mining

(c) Structure of the Earth

(d) Relative abundance of elements in the Earth’s crust

(e) Economic mineral potentials of Nigeria

(f) Rocks and rock types ( igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic)

(g) Rock-forming minerals

(h) Physical and chemical properties of rock-forming minerals

(i) Rock cycle

(j) Weathering

(k) Simplified geological map of Nigeria

(l) Mineral map of Nigeria

(m) Collection and collation of geological data

(n) Interpretation of topographical and geological maps

(o) Drawing of simple geological cross-section

SS1 Mining – 3rd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS1 3rd Term STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT IN MINING (BASIC CONCEPTS) (a) Classification of mining methods ( Surface and underground mining methods)

(b) Choice of mining methods: Reasons for choosing surface or underground mining methods

(c) Surface mining methods: quarrying, open pit mining, open cast mining, alluvial mining etc

(d) Underground mining methods: room-and-pillar, longwall, cut-and-fill, shrinkage, block caving, sub-level etc

(e) Comparison of surface and underground mining methods

(f) Justification of choice of methods

(g) Prospecting stage: meaning and outlines of prospecting techniques e.g. geological technique, geophysical technique, geochemical technique, remote sensing technique

(h) Exploration stage: meaning and classification of exploration techniques (e.g. geological technique, geophysical technique, geochemical technique, remote sensing technique)

(i) Meaning of feasibility study of a mining venture

(j) Financial analysis in mining

(k) Meaning of a mine, mine development, mineral processing design, mill design, mining as actual exploitation, list of unit operations in mining e.g. drilling, blasting etc.

(l) Need for mineral processing, economic benefits of mineral processing, list of unit operations in mineral processing

(m) Meaning and processes of metal extraction e.g. smelting (pyrometallurgy), hydrometallurgy and electrometallurgy

SS2 Mining – 1st Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS2 1st Term MINING METHODS (a) Surface mining methods:
(i) open pit as an example of surface mines, features of an open pit mine, minerals mined by open pit method
(ii) Open cast mine as example of surface mine, features of an open cast mine
(iii) Quarrying and Dimension Stones production: Meaning, products of quarrying, uses of products, unit operations of a quarry, flow sheet of the operations of a quarry
(iv) Dimension stone production
(vi) Minerals that are mined by open cast method(b)Underground mining methods:
(i) Features of an underground mine
(ii) Basic concepts of underground mining methods e.g. square setting, cut-and-fill, shrinkage, sub-level, long-hole, open long-hole, block-caving, open- cut(c) Sea-floor mining(d) Moon and asteroid mining

(e) Materials handling equipment e.g. conveyor belt, trucks, pay-loader etc

SS2 Mining – 2nd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
Mineral processing, comminution terms, concentration terms, mill accounting terms(b) Properties of minerals employed in mineral processing e.g. specific gravity, magnetism etc(c) Main operations in mineral processing i.e. comminution and concentration(d) Products of mineral processing e.g. concentrate and tailings, middling (intermediate product), dewatering in mineral processing, auxiliary operations, tailings disposal
GEMOLOGY AND LAPIDARY (a) Meaning of gemology and lapidary

(b) Machines and tools in gemstone processing e.g. faceting machine, grinding machine, polishing machine, etc

(c) Meaning and properties of gemstones

(d) Types of gemstones based on shape, colour, size, refractive index etc.

(e) Characteristics and methods of identification of gemstones; quality
of gemstones

(f) Unit of measurement of gemstones, prices of gemstones

(g) Marketing and prices of gemstones

SS2 Mining – 3rd Term Scheme of Work

Class Term Main Topics Contents
SS2 3rd Term HEALTH, SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT (a) Health hazards in mining

(b) Safety requirements/measures in mining

(c) Impacts of mining on the environment

(d) Safety equipment and apparels used in mining – personal protective equipment (PPE)

(e) Common diseases associated with mining industry

(f) Administering simple first aid, drugs/ dressing material

(g) Guidelines for accident reporting, steps for environmental control

(h) Basic issues in National policy on mineral development

(i) Mining laws and regulations

(j) Environmental protection laws

(k) National policy on the environment


SS3 Mining – 1st & 2nd Term Scheme of Work – Revision

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