GEOLOGY 3500 - Exploration Methods III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

This course will introduce a series of geological, geochemical and geophysical techniques that can be applied to determine the physical and chemical characteristics of the Earth's lithosphere, with direct application to the detection and mapping of mineral and energy resources in three dimensions. We will take a generic view, that economic concentrations of mineral and energy resources are geological anomalies that are defined by extreme localised enrichments (of specific elements, minerals, liquids, gases or heat) and are recognisable by steep gradients in a range of measurable geological, geophysical and geochemical properties. The course will be divided into modules covering exploration techniques commonly used in minerals and energy exploration, both geophysical (gravity, magnetic, electrical, electro-magnetic and seismic surveys) and geochemical (rock, regolith and hydrologic sampling techniques and analytical methods). We will examine the theoretical basis of each technique, the methods of data collection, presentation and analysis, and appropriate, geologically constrained, interpretation of the data. The course will include 2 * 1 day field trips, during which the students will collect a range of geophysical data and geochemical samples over an exploration target in the Adelaide Hills. These data will be processed, analysed and interpreted during practicals. Specific details of the field trips will be communicated at start of the course.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOLOGY 3500
    Course Exploration Methods III
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week, plus field trip
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible GEOLOGY 3017 and GEOLOGY 3018
    Course Description This course will introduce a series of geological, geochemical and geophysical techniques that can be applied to determine the physical and chemical characteristics of the Earth's lithosphere, with direct application to the detection and mapping of mineral and energy resources in three dimensions.
    We will take a generic view, that economic concentrations of mineral and energy resources are geological anomalies that are defined by extreme localised enrichments (of specific elements, minerals, liquids, gases or heat) and are recognisable by steep gradients in a range of measurable geological, geophysical and geochemical properties.
    The course will be divided into modules covering exploration techniques commonly used in minerals and energy exploration, both geophysical (gravity, magnetic, electrical, electro-magnetic and seismic surveys) and geochemical (rock, regolith and hydrologic sampling techniques and analytical methods). We will examine the theoretical basis of each technique, the methods of data collection, presentation and analysis, and appropriate, geologically constrained, interpretation of the data.
    The course will include 2 * 1 day field trips, during which the students will collect a range of geophysical data and geochemical samples over an exploration target in the Adelaide Hills. These data will be processed, analysed and interpreted during practicals. Specific details of the field trips will be communicated at start of the course.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Graham Heinson

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This course aims to introduce students to the techniques used to measure and map geologic,
    geophysical and geochemical characteristics of the lithosphere, with applications to mineral and energy exploration.

    It also aims to provide students with the theoretical background to each technique (including its strengths and limitations), the methods of data collection, analysis and interpretation and an appreciation of the exploration scenarios in which each technique may apply.

    The anticipated knowledge, skills and/or attitude to be developed by the student are:

    Demonstrated knowledge of:
    1 Demonstrated proficiency in common practical skills in resource exploration
    2 The scientific basis of mineral, energy and natural resource exploration
    3 The generic characteristics of economic mineral and energy resources –
    geological, geophysical and geochemical anomalism
    4 The geophysical techniques (seismic, gravity, magnetic, electrical and
    electro-magnetics)
    5 The geochemical techniques (sampling media, sampling strategies,
    analytical techniques)
    6 Field based data collection – sampling strategies
    7 Demonstrated understanding of the importance of data quality –
    collection, analysis, processes techniques
    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
    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
    1, 6, 7
    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
    6, 7
    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
    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
    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
    6, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    The following will be provided: lecture notes handouts, practical notes handouts,
    Field Exercise Guide

    Recommended texts:

    Introduction to mineral exploration (Moon, Whateley and Evans), 2nd Ed, 2006, Blackwell Publishing

    Geophysics for the Mineral Exploration Geoscientist (Dentith and Mudge), 2014, Cambridge University Press



    Online Learning
    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni   We use it
    often.  Students should regularly check the MyUni website for important course-related announcements.  Teaching materials, field trip info, reminders and course documentation will also be posted on this site. 



  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course comprises: 
           
    Two lectures of 1 hour each per week
    One practical of 4 hours per week
    Two days field data acquisition timetabled during lecture/prac days 

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Lecture
    2 hours of lecture and 1 hour preparation
     
    Practicals
    4 hours practical work most weeks
    1 hour per week extra reading time and completing some practical exercises for assessment

    Field work
    Scheduled during lecture, practical sessions
    3 hours per week extra reading and report writing from fieldwork

    TOTAL HRS PER WEEK
    Up to 6 contact hours
    Up to 6 non-contact hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 The science and practice of mineral and energy exploration
    week 2 Minerals and energy resources in the Australian setting
    Week 3 Geochemical techniques
    Week 4 Geochemical techniques
    Week 5 Geochemical techniques
    Week 6 Geophysical techniques
    Week 7 Geophysical techniques
    Week 8 Geophysical techniques
    Week 9 Geophysical techniques
    Week 10 Geophysical techniques
    Week 11 Geophysical techniques
    Week 12 Exploration case studies
    Specific Course Requirements
    This course includes 2 x 1-day field work to an exploration site in Adelaide Hills.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
    Yes/No
     Outcomes being assessed/achieved  Due date
    Weekly tests
    (8 x 5%)
    Summative & Formative

    40%

    No 1,2,3,4,5
    Field trip report Summative & Formative 20% No 4,5,6,7 Week 12
    Exam Summative 40% No 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Exam period
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Attendance is compulsory at all scheduled practical sessions. 

    The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on laboratory and field experience and practice.  Therefore, missing any practical class in a semester will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course.

    Students are able to apply for an allowed absence from a practical session for medical or compassionate reasons by submitting an absence form with appropriate supporting documentation to the course coordinator.   Application forms can be downloaded from http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/forms/savs-allowed-leaveofabsence-tute-prac.pdf

    Practicals missed due to medical or compassionate reasons must be made up (opportunity permitting; contact the course coordinator for details, as soon as possible to discuss options).  All students who miss a practical will receive an email at their University of Adelaide student account with instructions on the action to be taken to organise a make-up practical.

    Assessment Detail
    Weekly Tests (8, each worth 5%):
    A weekly test (on the previous weeks materials) will be given at the start of each lab class, and will be worth 5% of the years marks. .


    Field based practical exercises and report (20%):
    This assessment covers 2 days of field based data acquisition and practicals which will cover geochemical survey planning, geophysical data processing, presentation and interpretation and integration of multiple datasets collected by the students at the field site. The weekly activities will be compiled and summarised as an exploration report to be handed up subsequent to the Week 12 practical.

    Exam (40%):
    The exam is intended as a measure of summative knowledge of the course material.
    Submission
    Late Submission
    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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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