GEOLOGY 2504 - Economic & Mine Geology II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 2504 Course Economic & Mine Geology II Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 1011 & GEOLOGY 1104 or equivalent Restrictions Available to B Sc (Mineral Geoscience) & B Eng (Mining) students only Course Description The course looks at the major magmatic ore deposits of diamond, nickel, platinum group elements, chromium and vanadium and examples of major hydrothermal ore deposits of base metals, gold, tin, tungsten, uranium, rare earth elements and surficial deposits of iron, manganese, nickel, cobalt, gold and gems. This information will be integrated with introductory material on exploration, exploitation, minerals processing, metals marketing and mine financing.
Course Coordinator: Dr Richard Lilly
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
A successful student in this course should be able to: 1 understand the nature and importance of the Australian Resource Industry; 2 describe the variety of mineral deposits and how they are found and formed; 3 identify common rock types and minerals found in and around ore deposits; 4 demonstrate knowledge of the variety of ore-forming processes; 5 differentiate between resources and reserves and how to estimate them; 6 understand and describe resource operations from exploration to development; 7 be conversant with resource distribution during the evolution of the Earth; 8 demonstrate ability to understand the debate about some controversial issues affecting mining and society.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,4,7,8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
3, 4, 6,8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
6, 8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Online LearningOnline content will be used to ‘bring the field to the student’ in the form of short field-based videos and 3D visualisations of outcrops. Online content will cover a range of interdisciplinary topics including ‘a day in the life’ of geology professionals and socio-economic mining issues including cultural heritage.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
- 3 x 1-hour lectures per week
- 1 x 3-hour practical per week
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Lectures Practicals Week 1 Economic and Mine Geology: Course Overview and Introduction to the Minerals Industry No Prac in Week 1 Week 2 Ore Forming Processes and Mineral Deposits I: Introduction to ore systems and major styles of mineral deposits. The Minerals industry in our daily lives Week 3 Ore Forming Processes and Mineral Deposits II: Major styles of mineral deposit (Gold, Copper and Iron ore) Rocks: Sulphide Minerals. Week 4 Ore Forming Processes and Mineral Deposits III: Major styles of mineral deposit (Diamonds, Uranium and Industrial minerals) Rocks: Oxide minerals Week 5 Fossil Fuels: Introduction to Coal and Petrolium Geology Rocks: Waste Minerals and breccias Week 6 The Exploration Process I: Introduction and geophysics Rocks: Minerals for energy (Coal-Petrolium) Week 7 The Exploration Process II: Exploration geochemistry and target definition Exploration: Target definition using geophysics Week 8 The Exploration Process III: Drilling and Sampling Exploration: Target definition using geochemistry Week 9 The Mining Process: Introduction to mining (open pit and underground) Drill Core Logging Week 10 Mining and the Environment: including case studies The JORC mining Code Week 11 Mining and Society (including cultural heritage) Mining and the Environment Week 12 The Real World of Mining (including field visit to Brukunga mine, Adelaide Hills) Brukunga Mine Visit
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
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Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Outcomes being assessed/achieved Due date Essay Formative and Summative
No 1,2,4,6,7,8 Week 6 Practical assignments Formative and Summative
No 1-8 Assessed each week Final Exam Summative 40% No 1-8 Exam Week
Assessment DetailEssay: (10% of total course grade)
The essay will be completed and submitted online and will be a maximum of 2500 words. The first essay will be set in week 2 and is to be submitted by week 6.
Practical assignments: (50% of total course grades)
Practicals will include some tutorial work and working in small groups. Each practical will have an assessed component (including some online activities) that will be completed and submitted during the practical.
Final Exam: (40% of total course grades)
There will be a final 3 hour examination with four questions worth 25% each to be answered.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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