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School of Mines & Mineral Sciences

Welcome to the School of Mines and Mineral Sciences


About


History

The School of Mines and Mineral Sciences was created on 1st September 2010, following the Senate decision of 24th April 2008 on the restructuring of schools in the University. The School was created in the second phase of the restructuring of schools by way of reorganization of Departments in the former School of Technology to provide an enhanced opportunity for the Copperbelt University to academically develop as a tertiary Institution and conduct effective teaching, research and consultancies. The main purpose for the School is to promote the development of science, technology and environmental studies aimed at producing professionally qualified persons to meet the technical needs of the country. In addition, the School renders high quality service in the form of research and consultancy.

The School of Technology which was the fore-runner to the School, inherited certificate and diploma programmes. However, in 1992 Advanced Certificate Programmes were phased out and the School continued to run diploma programmes.

In 1996 the School introduced the degree programmes, one of which was the Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering. This was later followed by Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering.

The introduction of the Chemical Engineering and Computer Science degree programmes necessitated the split of the Academic and Industrial Science Department into the Chemical Engineering and the Computer Science Departments.

In 2009, the Senate of the Copperbelt University approved the introduction of post graduate programmes in Mining Engineering and Chemical Engineering. The Masters programmes in Chemical Engineering and Mining Engineering and also the PhD in Mining Engineering commenced in September 2010.

Current

The Diploma programmes offered in the School include Mining, Metallurgy, Mine Ventilation, Surveying, Small Scale Mining, and Chemical Technology

The School has five Departments, namely; Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Metallurgy, Mining Engineering, and Geology & Survey.

The School has a separate unit namely; the Analytical Services Unit. This unit officially started running in November 2009 with the objective of improving the co-ordination of all the activities in the School related to the analysis of samples of various kinds, especially for commercial analysis. The unit is also responsible for the maintenance and procurement of analytical equipment. The major pieces of equipment for sample analysis that the unit has are the Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) and the Gas Chromatograph (GC). The AAS does elemental analysis of samples, while the GC is used for the analysis of organic substances such as petroleum products and pesticides.


The Dean


The Dean

Dr. Kawunga Nyirenda

PhD, MSc(eng), B.Eng

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Programmes of Study


Degree Programmes

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering
  • BSc Mining & Exploration Geology (PROPOSED PROGRAMME)

Diploma Programmes

  • Diploma in Surveying
  • One-Year Diploma Courses By Mining Department By Special Arrangement
  • Diploma in Mine Ventilation
  • Diploma in Small Scale Mining
  • Diploma in Metallurgy
  • Diploma in Mining Engineering
  • Diploma in Chemical Technology

Admissions


Requirements

The decision of the university senate shall be final and binding on matters concerning the interpretation or revision of school regulations.

A candidate must fulfil the following entry requirements for admission to one of the school’s departments.

  1. The general entrance requirements of the Copperbelt University.
  2. The entrance requirements prescribed by the School. These particular requirements are five GCE ‘O’ Level credits or better in the Zambian School Certification or its equivalent, as follows:
    1. English Language
    2. Mathematics
    3. Either ONE or TWO subjects from Physical Science, Science, Chemistry, and Physics. N.B. If a candidate offers Physical Science and Science, this will be counted as one subject. If he/she has physics and chemistry as individual subjects, then they will be counted as two subjects.
  3. Depending on the subject(s) taken by the student in above, a candidate may be required to have taken either ONE or TWO subjects from Biology, Additional Mathematics, Geography, Geometrical and Mechanical Drawing, History, Literature in English, Human and Social Biology, Religious Subject, Zambian Language, Commerce, and Principles in Accounts.

Candidates holding a good Advanced Certificate (i.e. an average score of at least 60%) in a subject relevant to the School’s programmes may be admitted to Diploma programmes in first year. Inquiries and applications for admission should be directed to the Academic Office of the Copperbelt University.


Rules & Regulations


Assessment

The assessment of students in a course consists of continuous assessment and the final examination. The continuous assessment and the final examination are respectively weighed as 50/50% for diploma programmes and 40/60% for degree programmes. The continuous assessment consists of tests, assignments, projects and any other work that may be assigned by a Lecturer. The continuous assessment consists of at least two assessments in each term.

Grading

The following grading scheme is used to grade all work:

Degree

86-100 % A+ Distinction
76-85 % A Distinction
68-75 % B+ Meritorius
62-67 % B Very Satisfactory
56-61 % C+ Definite Pass
50-55 % C Bare Pass
40-49 % D+ Bare Fail
0-39 % D Definite Fail

Diploma

90-100 % A+ Distinction
85-89 % A Distinction
80-84 % B+ Meritorius
70-79 % B Very Satisfactory
60-69 % C+ Definite Pass
50-59 % C Bare Pass
40-49 % D+ Bare Fail
0-39 % D Definite Fail

Progression

  1. A student is required to attend at least 80% of the lectures/ practicals delivered in the course.
  2. A student who has passed all courses prescribed for that year will progress to the following year or graduate in the case of a student in his/her final year.
  3. A student who has failed in three or more courses is not permitted to proceed to the next year of study or graduate in case of the final year student.

Deffered Examination

A student who is unable to take the final examination(s) by illness or by any other factors which are deemed to be beyond the student’s control may be permitted by the Board of Examiners to take differed examination(s).

Repeat

  1. A student who fails one or two courses may proceed to the next year but is required to repeat the failed course.
  2. A student who fails three courses must repeat the failed courses on part-time studies and pass all courses before proceeding to the next year of study.
  3. A student who fails a repeat course shall repeat that course on part-time study.

Exclusion

  1. A student who fails four or more courses is excluded from the School.
  2. A student who fails a course while on part-time study shall be excluded.

Graduation

A student must fulfil the following requirements to qualify for graduation:

  1. Must have passed all courses of the programme undertaken
  2. Must have passed practical training during Industrial Attachment

Classification of Degrees

  1. To pass a course a student must score at least a C or 50%
  2. The degree of Bachelor of Engineering/Science is classified as Distinction, Merit, Credit, or Pass.
  3. An Aegrotat pass is given on compassionate grounds for deserving cases.

To calculate the grade of the degree, the following is applied using the grades obtained in third to fifth year:

A+ 5
A 4
B+ 3
B 2
C+ 1
C 0

The points for classification of the degree shall be as follows:

10 Courses 15 Courses Grade
35.5 and above 53 and above Distinction
25.5 – 35 38 – 52.5 Merit
15.5 – 25 23 – 37.5 Credit
0 – 15 0 – 22.5 Pass

Course Coding

  • The letters and numbers represent the course code (i.e. two letters for degree courses, except BIT and three letters for diploma courses. The letter ‘D’ stands for Diploma in the diploma course codes). The third digit indicates the course weight designation: 0 for full credit course and 1-9 for half credit courses.
  • The letters stands for identification of the course i.e.
CE Chemical Engineering Courses
PH Management/Economics course
MG Chemistry courses
CH Mining Engineering courses
MT Metallurgy courses
MV Mining Ventilation courses
GY Geology courses
CS Computer Science courses
MA Mathematics courses
LA Communication Skills courses
MG Management courses
BIT/DIT Information Technology courses

Careers



Research & Projects



Linkages & Partnerships



Consultancy



Boards



Departments


Chemical Engineering Department


Being the only university in the country offering bachelors degree in the field of chemical engineering, the Chemical Engineering Department is at the forefront of excellence in education and research. It aims to educate students both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in modern process engineering principles as well as lifelong professional growth and a dynamic range of career. The programme is fully accredited by the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ).

Our goal is to integrate programmes that promote students learning and development, which are handled by well establish and competent staff members. The core values of the programme are to equip students with fundamental principles of chemical engineering through mathematics and engineering sciences. The department endeavors into multi-disciplinary teaching and research programmes that aims at producing world-class graduates that are nationally and internationally competitive.

The department is committed to maintaining world-class standard of academic excellence and to preserving our core values of professionalism and integrity. We firmly believe that our profession must continue to find and sustain ways of improving the quality of engineering demand in various industrial sectors.

Career opportunities

Many graduates work in different and exciting workplaces – not only in the expected settings of the mining and petrochemical industries, but also in a wide variety of process-based disciplines, such as the food, beverage, paint, cement, lime, disposal of waste and pharmaceutical industries.

Drawing on the problem-solving skills that are central to the discipline, many CEOs of large companies have combined chemical engineering with a business-related qualification, such as an MBA. Many more work in niche consultancies or run their own businesses. There are also endless opportunities in research and development.

Entry requirements

The particular requirements are five GCE ‘O’ Level credits or better in the Zambian School Certification or its equivalent as follows:

A Pass in English Language plus;

Schedule A Schedule B Schedule C
Mathematics Physical Science Additional Maths
Physics Biology Technical Drawing
Chemistry Sciences Metal/Wood Works
Geography
History

Research Areas and Consultancy

The Chemical Engineering Department has an established expertise in the following areas of research interest

  • Renewable Energy
  • Petrochemical Engineering
  • Chemical Technologies and Processing
  • Beneficiation of Minerals and Processing
  • Bio-chemical Processes
  • Environmental Management
  • Polymer Science and Technology
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Cement & Lime Production
  • Nano Technology
  • Heat and Mass Transfer Systems
  • Thermodynamic systems
  • Transport phenomena
  • Membrane Technology

Programmes Offered

The Chemical Engineering Department offers the following programmes:

  • PhD (Chemical Engineering)
  • MSc and MPhil (Chemical Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Diploma in Chemical Technology
    • Engineering Stream
    • Polymer Stream

PhD

This programme is designed to provide specialised professionals capable of conducting advanced research that add value to the know-how in chemical engineering for research and consultancy. Entry to a PhD programme will require possession of a master’s degree and submission of a research proposal. Further information can be obtained from the Postgraduate Coordinator. MSc/MPhil

The entry requirement for an MSc/MPhil is a minimum of a credit for a Copperbelt University B.Eng Chemical Engineering degree or any other bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from a recognized university. A candidate who wishes to enroll for an MPhil will also be required to submit a research proposal.

Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering

This is a five year programme available on full time. The programme has five elective courses at fifth year of study. The options include; Combustion and Energy Engineering, Extractive Metallurgy, Industrial Waste Management, Polymer Science and Technology and Biotechnology Processes. The programme will, in the near future, also be offered as an evening programme.

Diploma in Chemical Technology

Diploma in Chemical Technology is a three year programme. It consists of two streams which start in second year of study. The streams include Engineering and Polymer Streams. A Diploma in Chemical Technology will, in the near future, also be offered as an evening programme.

Short Courses – Chemical Engineering Department

A number of selected short courses are offered from time to time depending on demand from industry for the duration of 5 – 30days. Below are some of the short courses offered.

  • Quality Control
  • Industrial Safety and Loss Prevention
  • Hazard and Operability (Hazop)
  • Process Control
  • Process Optimization
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Boiler Operations
  • Waste Management (air, water and soil)
  • Pumping of Liquids and Electrical Energy Savings
  • Cost of Corrosion and Corrosion Prevention
  • Process Utility Systems (fuel, water, heating services, electricity) the nature, usage and costs
  • Pinch Technology
  • Energy Management for a sustainable Zambia
  • Handling Chemicals and Chemical Processes

Academic Staff


Head of Department

Head of Department

Siame J.
D.Tech. (RSA), M.Tech. (RSA), M.Sc.Eng (Russia)

Research Interests

  • Chemical Technologies and Processing
  • Mineral Beneficiation and processing
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Polymer Science and Technology

Lecturer

Lecturer

Mwandila G.
PhD, MSc, BSc

Research Interests

  • Alternative Energy Resources
  • Gas cleaning
  • Pinch Technology
  • Hazard and Operability (Hazop)

Lecturer

Lecturer

Ntengwe F.
M.Tech.(UNISA), B.Eng.(Wales)., Dip.Ed. (TVTC)., Dip.Chem.Tech (Cambriam)

Research Interests

  • Discrete and nano-particles technology
  • Water and environmental systems
  • Biochemical reaction engineering processes
  • Electrochemical reaction engineering systems
  • Extractive mass transfer systems
  • Transport phenomena

Lecturer

Lecturer

Mukosha L.
MSc (Birmingham)., BEng. (CBU)

Research Interests

  • Adsorption – Nano particles and activated carbon
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Biomass Utilization

Lecturer

Lecturer

Mulwanda J.
M. Eng., B.Eng.

Research Interests

  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Water and Wastewater treatment

Lecturer

Lecturer

Katundu K.
M.Eng., B. Eng.

Research Interests

  • Process control
  • Petroleum
  • Cement and Mineral Processing and Energy

Lecturer

Lecturer

Ngulube R.
MSc Biotech. (Westminster), B.Eng. Chem. (CBU)

Research Interests

  • Biofuels production – emphasis on bio-diesel, bio-ethanol and bio-hydrogen
  • Electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into liquid fuels such as methanol
  • Waste Water Treatment – Chemical/ Biological Methods

Lecturer

Lecturer

Sichinga Ntonga B. B.
MSc. (CSU), BEng. (CBU)

Lecturer

Lecturer

Waniiya M.
M Tech. Chem. (SA), B.Eng. Chem. (CBU).

Research Interests

  • Biohydrometallurgy- Fundamentals and Application of Bioleaching
  • Biofuels – Emmphasis on Ethanol and Jatropha Oils

Lecturer

Lecturer

Kanyembo Julius J.
M.Tech (IIT Madras), B.Tech., (IIT Kanpur)

Research Interests

  • Energy
  • Environmental Issues

Lecturer

Lecturer

Botha Clyde
MSc (Leeds), BEng., (CBU)

Geology & Surveying Department


The department of Geology and Surveying has until now been offering only one diploma programme in Surveying. The department is now poised to introduce two degree programmes commencing in the year 2016. The programmes include a degree in Mining and Exploration Geology and a degree in Geomatics Engineering. Both programmes are of 5 years duration.

The department is committed to providing these degree programmes out of the realization that inadequate numbers of professionals in these fields are being churned out by the sister universities in the country despite the huge market demand within and around the country. Further, the mere location of the Copperbelt University commands an urge over the other universities in terms of proximity to mining activities where most of these professionals are highly sought after.

Our goal is to integrate programmes that promote students’ learning and development which are handled by well established and competent members of staff. To achieve this, the department will endeavour into multi-disciplinary teaching and research programmes with the aim of producing world-class graduates capable of communicating geological and geomatics knowledge from work and project assignments so as to evolve sustainable living practices.

Career Opportunities

Many graduates of geology and geomatics find themselves in exciting workplaces – not only in the expected settings of the mining industry but also in a wide variety of exploration works, metal production, industrial minerals production, hydrocarbons and water resources companies as well as in civil engineering projects including government agencies.

Drawing on the problem-solving skills that are central to the disciplines, many Chief Executive Officers of large companies have combined geology and geomatics with a business-related qualification such as an MBA. Many more work in consultancies or run their own businesses. There are also endless opportunities in research and development.

Entry requirements

The particular requirements are five GCE ‘O’ Level credits or better in the Zambian School Certification or its equivalent as follows:

A Pass in English Language plus;

Schedule A Schedule B Schedule C
Mathematics
Physics
Chemistry
Physical Science
Biology
Sciences
Additional Maths
Technical Drawing
Metal/Wood Works
Geography
History

Note: Candidates holding a good Advanced Certificate (i.e. an average score of at least 60%) in a subject relevant to the School’s programmes may be admitted to Diploma programme in first year. Inquiries and applications for admission should be directed to the Academic Office of the Copperbelt University

Research Areas and Consultancy

The Geology/Survey Department is currently establishing expertise in the following areas of research interest:

  • Tailings Dumps Resource Evaluation
  • Remote Sensing & GIS
  • Geodesy

Programmes Offered

The Geology/Survey Department will start offering the following programmes:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mining & Exploration Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering
  • Diploma in Geomatics Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mining & Exploration Geology

This is a five year programme available on full time. The programme has eight non-elective courses at fifth year of study. These include: Geostatistics, Geophysics, Management/Mine Economics, Petroleum Geology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Geology, Entrepreneurship and Geology of Zambia. In addition, two projects are compulsory, one on geological work and the other on independent geological field mapping.

Bachelor of Science in Geomatics Engineering

This is a five year programme available on full time. The programme has eight non-elective courses at fifth year of study. These include: Engineering Management, Environmental Management, Law of Contracts, Survey Law, Geomatics, Spatial Modelling, Digital Image Processing and Entrepreneurship. A compulsory final year project concludes the programme.

Diploma in Geomatics Engineering

Diploma in Geomatics Engineering is a three year programme. It consists of one stream which starts in second year of study.

Short Courses – Geology/Survey Department

A number of selected short courses are offered from time to time depending on demand from industry for the duration of 5 – 30 days. Below are some of the short courses offered:

  • Process Mineralogy
  • Geological Sampling and Grade Control
  • Geology for Mining Industry
  • Applied Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems

Adademic Staff

Head of Department

Head of Department

Phiri, E. S. B.
MSc. (Leeds), B. Min. Sc. (UNZA)

Research Interests

  • Mineral Resource Evaluation
  • Short Course in Process Mineralogy
  • Sampling and Resource Evaluation of Tailings Dumps 25, 25 & 27 – Kitwe

Head of Department

Lecturer

Kawamya, V.
MSc (Brusels), B.Min.Sc (UNZA)

Lecturer

Lecturer

Nguvulu, A.
PhD, MSc, BSc

Lecturer

Lecturer

Masialeti, I.
PhD, MSc, BA

Research Interests

  • Application of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems in Land Resources, and Computer Aided Mapping.

Lecturer

Lecturer

Chibwe, C. C.
MSc., H. Dip, Cert.

Research Interests

  • Adjustment and calibration of Surveying Instruments
  • Derivation of spatial data using distance and angular measuring technology
  • Accuracy of azimuth using Gyroscopes

Lecturer

Lecturer

Kamwande, T. B.
MSc., B. Eng

Lecturer

Lecturer

Okello, N.
MBA, B.Eng

Lecturer

Lecturer

Musialike, M.
MSc (Brusels), B.Min.Sc (UNZA)

Research Interests

  • Adjustment and calibration of Surveying Instruments
  • Derivation of spatial data using distance and angular measuring technology
  • Accuracy of azimuth using Gyroscopes

Lecturer

Lecturer

Nyirenda, K.
MSc., B. Min. Sc.

  • Ground water and sanitation

Environmental Engineering Department


The Environmental Engineering Department was established in 2010 in response to the growing concern over increased environmental degradation in Zambia and globally. The Department evolved from the Chemical Engineering Department, which like the Environmental Engineering Department, operates under the School of Mines and Mineral Sciences.

In the case of Zambia, population increase and economic growth have lead to increased pressure on the environment and its resources, leading to an exponential increase in air, land and water pollution emanating from various economic and industrial activities in the country; of major concern has been Zambia’s extractive and manufacturing industries which significantly impacts on water quality, air quality and land.

The nations need for fully qualified Environmental Engineers and Technologists who are able to use and apply scientific and engineering principles in life and industrial processes in order to reduce environmental degradation cannot be overemphasized, especially as Zambia aspires to strengthen its economy through a sustainable development approach.

Mission

To develop high quality manpower that will be able to contribute towards the control of pollution of the environment from the country’s extractive, manufacturing and processing industries; and to protect public health and safety through the provision of services such as water supply, wastewater treatment and municipal solid waste and hazardous waste management.

Vision

To become a leading centre of excellence in the region in the scope of Environmental Engineering.

Objectives

  1. To apply scientific and engineering principles in life in order to improve and protect the environment.
  2. To promote environmental protection and conservation of finite environmental resources (to provide clean water, clean air, and usable land for human habitation and for the survival of other organisms).
  3. To encourage sustainably use raw materials for various industrial processes.
  4. To promote the use of environmental friendly technologies and processes in various industries for the production of goods and services.
  5. To promote the use of environmental friendly sources of energy for domestic and industrial purposes.
  6. To promote the safe disposal of waste in its three forms (solid waste, gaseous emissions & liquid effluents).
  7. To provide an understanding of the legal and legislative regimes that govern our main source of raw materials, energy and resources (the environment).

Programmes


Diploma in Environmental Technology

Programme Duration : 36 months (3 Years)

Environmental technologists apply science and engineering to minimise the adverse impacts of human activity on the environment. They play the role of front liners in environmental protection.

The student will learn applied science behind environmental protection. The programme will familiarise students with environmental concerns, affecting land, air and water as well as safety and health issues in the context of environmental engineering and applied science.

They will develop skills to work in pollution monitoring, environmental management, site assessment and remediation and waste management.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may take up positions as environmental technologists/technicians, technician engineers, project coordinators, project officers, works supervisors, technical officers and assistant engineers in environmental technology industries. Employers may include government departments, public and private companies, professional environmental/construction consultancies and contractors.

Entry Requirements

Five (5) GCE “O” Levels including English and Mathematics.

Bachelors Degree in Environmental Engineering

Programme Duration : 60 months (5 Years)

Environmental Engineers use the principles of engineering, biology, chemistry and soil science to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control.

The programme aims at providing students with knowledge in energy management, improved raw material extraction, sustainable use of products and the design and development of pollution control systems.

Career Opportunities

A graduate in Environmental Engineering can be employed under the local authorities in the area of waster treatment and waste management, various industries, manufacturing and processing companies, laboratories, universities/colleges, international firms linked to environmental related projects and government agencies/ departments.

Entry Requirements

Five (5) GCE “O” Levels with Credit passes or more, including English and Mathematics 1

1 The aspiring candidate must first meet entry cut-off points for the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences non-quota programme, after successful completion of the first year the student may then apply to the School of Mines and Mineral Sciences for entry into the Environmental Engineering Degree Programme.

Masters Programme in Environmental Engineering , Monitoring and Management(E 2 M 2 ).


The Masters Programme in Environmental Engineering, Monitoring and Management (E 2 M 2 curriculum is interdisciplinary, consisting of four (4) specialisation streams, namely, Environment, Energy, Materials Recycling, and Water Resources. E2M2 equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop solutions to environmental problems using science, engineering and environmental management systems and policy.

The Masters programme focuses on preparing students to participate in the planning, design and construction of environmental projects in the areas of waste water treatment, site remediation, emission control, sustainable energy and solid waste disposal.

The students are required to participate in research alongside faculty members during their course of study.

Career Opportunities

The programme is designed for employees or individuals hoping to pursue a career with environmental regulatory bodies, water regulators, energy regulators, water utility companies, universities and research institutions, and government ministries. Private companies may also be a possible destination for some of the students completing the programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science with Education
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
  • Bachelor of Mineral Sciences
  • Any relevant equivalent first degree

Admission to the programme is competitive and the final selection is determined by a Selection Committee.

Research Groups

  • Solid Waste Management
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Climate Change
  • Nano-Science and Technology
  • Environmental Monitoring

Academic Staff

Head of Department

Head of Department(Acting)

Munthali, W.
BSc. Forestry, Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia; MSc. Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, Specialisation: Environmental Systems Analysis and Management, International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands.

  • Climate change science: emission factor development e-waste management
  • solid waste recycling and sustainable energy and environment
  • GIS and RS applied to environmental management

Lecturer

Lecturer

Makondo, C.
BA (Ed) -Physical Geography, University of Zambia (Specialties: Geomorphology, GIS/Remote Sensing, Climatology/Meteorology, Ecology, Soils Mechanics, Environment & Development)

Research Interests

  • Resilience and climate change impacts:
  • extractive industry business practice and triple-bottom line:
  • environmental economics and emission trading:
  • costing environmental management enforcement, law and implementation
  • climate models and their outputs: how to deal with uncertainty and create meaningful projections:
  • air pollution modelling: air particulates/aerosols impacts on climate variabilities, modelling,
  • toxicology and anthropogenic loading of heavy metals in the environmental media.

Lecturer

Lecturer

Mwaanga, P.
BSc. (Chemistry, University of Zambia, MSc. (Water and Environmental Resources Management, Water Quality Specialisation UNESCO-IHE Delft, the Netherlands,PhD (Environmental Toxicology): Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Clemson University, SC, USA.

Research Interests

  • Toxicology, fate and transport of nanomaterials and other xenobiotics in aquatic and terrestrial environments
  • nanoparticle characterisation, nanoparticle – protein interactions
  • use of engineered nanomaterials for environmental remediation
  • and incorporation of biosensing in detection of biochemical change induction to organisms exposed to nanoparticles

Lecturer

Lecturer

Sichilima, S.
MEng Environmental Engineering (2009) Russian Federation, BEng Environmental Engineering (2007) Russian Federation.

  • Air pollution modeling
  • natural resource management
  • nanotechnology in water & wastewater treatment
  • renewable energy
  • groundwater pollution modeling

Lecturer

Lecturer

Banda, P.
BSc. (Chemistry, University of Zambia, MSc. (Water and Environmental Resources Management, Water Quality Specialisation UNESCO-IHE Delft, the Netherlands,PhD (Environmental Toxicology): Institute of Environmental Toxicology, Clemson University, SC, USA.

Research Interests

  • Toxicology, fate and transport of nanomaterials and other xenobiotics in aquatic and terrestrial environments
  • nanoparticle characterisation, nanoparticle – protein interactions
  • use of engineered nanomaterials for environmental remediation
  • and incorporation of biosensing in detection of biochemical change induction to organisms exposed to nanoparticles

Lecturer

Lecturer

Daka, M. M.
BSc. Chemistry, University of Zambia MSc. Environmental Engineering, Royal Institution of Technology (KTH) Sweden, Environmental Assessment and Environmental Management, Water Drainage, GIS).

Research Interests

  • Environmental assessments
  • waste management
  • water resource management
  • economic and environmental regulation.
  • water supply and waste water treatment
  • environmental management systems and cleaner production
  • mining and environment
  • environmental modelling.

Mining Engineering Department


The demand for different kinds of minerals continues to rise as people strive to improve their standards of living and it is the responsibility of none but a Mining Engineer to decide on the value of the mineral deposit to be mined. In the quest to meet this demand for different kinds of raw materials, a Mining Engineer also decides on how best the mineral deposit can be mined. This noble cause is achieved by applying both scientific and engineering knowledge in the planning, design and operation of mines for the extraction of the respective minerals from the earth’s crust. Driven by the demand for minerals is also the demand for Mining Engineers and Technologist to work in the mines. In this respect, to train a mining engineer and mining technologist would require a well-structured curricular, and thus the Mining Engineering Department’s mission has been stated as below.

Mission

Our mission as Mining Engineering Department at Copperbelt University is to nurture Mining Engineers and Technologist who are research oriented as they put their hands onto the job so as to meet the needs of the Zambian mining industry and the sub-region at large.

Objectives of our Programmes

Our programmes have been tailored to:

  1. Train mining engineering professionals in order to address the current and future labour shortages and technological requirements by the mining industry and other related industries.
  2. Develop a pool of teaching staff and researchers not only for the Mining Engineering Department at Copperbelt University but also for other universities and colleges in the country and sub-region.
  3. Provide a platform for employees already in the mining industry to upgrade from advanced certificate to diploma level and diploma holders to upgrade to a bachelor’s degree or even further to MSc/MPhil or PhD.
  4. Offer certification in Mine Safety, Health and Environment (MSHE), etc.

Career opportunities

Mining Engineering graduates work in different and exciting workplaces – not only in underground and surface mines but in other related industries such as oil marketing companies, construction companies and mining equipment manufacturing and selling companies. Others do find themselves running their own consultancy businesses.

Programmes Offered

The Mining Engineering Department offers the following programmes:

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering
    • Mine Planning Option
    • Rock Mechanics Option
    • Diploma in Mining
    • Diploma in Mine Ventilation

    Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering

    This is a five year programme done on full time. It also consists of two options of Mine Planning and Rock Mechanics at the final year. The students are allowed to choose the desired option. Candidates who hold a good Diploma in Mining or a related field may be admitted at second year level.

    Diploma in Mining

    This is a three year programme done on full time. Candidates holding an Advanced Certificate in Mining with an acceptable level of experience in the mining industry may be admitted at third year level.

    Diploma in Mine Ventilation

    This is a three year programme done on full time. Candidates holding an Advanced Certificate in Mine Ventilation with an acceptable level of experience in the mining industry may be admitted at third year level.

    Entry Requirements

    The general requirements are five GCE ‘O’ Level credits or better in the Zambian School Certification or its equivalent as follows:

    A Pass in English Language plus;

    Schedule A Schedule B Schedule C
    Mathematics
    Physics
    Chemistry
    Physical Science
    Biology
    Sciences
    Additional Maths
    Technical Drawing
    Metal/Wood Works
    Geography
    History

    Short Courses

    A number of selected short courses may be offered from time to time depending on demand from industry. Below are some of the short courses that have been offered.

    • Mine officials
    • Rock Mechanics
    • Mine waste disposal
    • Ventilation Monitoring at Work Places

    Research Areas and Consultancy

    The Mining Engineering Department has an established expertise which includes the following areas of research interest

    • Mine method selection
    • Slope stability
    • Soil sampling and Bio-monitoring
    • Geotechnical Rock Core Testing
    • Mine Ventilation systems
    • Environmental Management
    • Asbestos sampling and analysis
    • Small Scale mining
    • Mine Taxation modelling

Calendar & Resources



Contacts


        

The Dean, School of Mines and Mineral Sciences, The Copperbelt University, Jambo Drive, Riverside, P.o.Box 21692, Kitwe, ZAMBIA