The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

Metallic resources underpin modern society. Australia is endowed with world-class resources of many essential commodities, including diamonds, gold, iron ore, manganese, lithium,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 quantitative models that can used as tools for explaining observed ore deposit characteristics and as predictive guides to mineral exploration. The course contains lecture, laboratory and field components.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a knowledge base in understanding the origins of metallic ore deposits;

2. Acquire professional skills of immediate use to a new graduate in the metals exploration industry;

3. Improve their critical abilities and communication skills; and

4. Demonstrate their field mapping skills for solving geological problems


Content

The course provides an overview of the major classes of metalliferous ore deposits formed by natural processes. An emphasis is placed on discussing the processes involved in ore formation, establishing ore deposit 'models' and using 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, geophysics and geochemistry.

The course includes a compulsory field component that examines mineralised and/or prospectiv environments.


Requisite

Students must have successfully completed either GEOS2200 or GEOS2190 to enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

GEOS3170Resource and Exploration GeologyMetallic resources underpin modern society. Australia is endowed with world-class resources of many essential commodities, including diamonds, gold, iron ore, manganese, lithium,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 quantitative models that can used as tools for explaining observed ore deposit characteristics and as predictive guides to mineral exploration. The course contains lecture, laboratory and field components.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1030005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019GEOS2190; GEOS2170 & GEOS2200.The course provides an overview of the major classes of metalliferous ore deposits formed by natural processes. An emphasis is placed on discussing the processes involved in ore formation, establishing ore deposit 'models' and using 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, geophysics and geochemistry.The course includes a compulsory field component that examines mineralised and/or prospectiv environments. YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Demonstrate a knowledge base in understanding the origins of metallic ore deposits;2Acquire professional skills of immediate use to a new graduate in the metals exploration industry;3Improve their critical abilities and communication skills; and4Demonstrate their field mapping skills for solving geological problems Students must have successfully completed either GEOS2200 or GEOS2190 to enrol in this course.Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory ExercisesWritten Assignment: Field exercise CallaghanField StudyFace to Face Off Campus70hour(s)per Term0Full Term0LaboratoryFace to Face On Campus15hour(s)per Term0Full Term0LectureFace to Face On Campus12hour(s)per Term0Full Term0In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:General Course Requirements:Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety and/or fieldwork induction.


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

Written Assignment: Field exercise


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety and/or fieldwork induction.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 70 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 15 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term