Resource and Exploration Geology

Course code GEOS3170Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Metallic resources underpin modern society. Australia is endowed with world-class resources of many essential commodities, including diamonds, gold, iron ore, manganese, copper, lead, zinc, tin and silver. Using many local examples, this course introduces students to the fundamental characteristics of metallic ore deposits. Emphasis is placed on understanding ore-forming processes in magmatic, hydrothermal and metamorphic environments and developing simple quantitative mathematical models that can used as tools for explaining observed ore deposit characteristics and as predictive guides to mineral exploration.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. developed a knowledge base in understanding the origins of metallic ore deposits;
2. developed professional skills of immediate use to a new graduate in the metals exploration industry;
3. improved critical abilities and communication skills of students; and
4. developed a systematic approach to solving complex problems.
ContentThe course provides an overview of the major classes of metalliferous ore deposits formed by magmatic and hydrothermal processes. An emphasis is placed on discussing the processes involved in ore formation, establishing ore deposit 'models' and using the models as predictive tools in mineral exploration. The course demonstrates how many of the concepts of ore genesis integrate observations and data collected from a wide variety of geological fields, including igneous and metamorphic petrology, structural geology, mineralogy and geochemistry.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOS2190; GEOS2170 & GEOS2200.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
ProjectsProject report and presentation
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety and/or fieldwork induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOS3170