Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.



    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


    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.


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

    Assumed knowledge

    GEOS2190; GEOS2170 & GEOS2200.

    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


    Field Study

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


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


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

    The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.