GEOLOGY 3500 - Exploration Methods III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018
General Course Information
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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible GEOLOGY 3017 and GEOLOGY 3018 Course Description This course will introduce a series of geological 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 geophysical exploration techniques commonly used in minerals and energy exploration, both geophysical (gravity, magnetic, electrical, electro-magnetic and seismic surveys). 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. Students will explore an industry style data base with the aim of developing an exploration and targeting model for hydrocarbon resources.
Course Coordinator: Dr Graham Heinson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThis 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
5 The geochemical techniques (sampling media, sampling strategies,
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
Recommended ResourcesThe following will be provided: lecture notes handouts, practical notes handouts,
Field Exercise Guide
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 LearningAdditional 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 ModesThis 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
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
4 hours practical work most weeks
1 hour per week extra reading time and completing some practical exercises for assessment
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 RequirementsThis course includes 2 x 1-day field work to an exploration site in Adelaide Hills.
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Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Outcomes being assessed/achieved Due date Weekly tests
(8 x 5%)
Summative & Formative
No 1,2,3,4,5 Seismic Interpretation pracs and in-class tests Summative & Formative 35% No 1,2,3,4,7 Exam Summative 25% 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 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 DetailWeekly Tests (8, each worth 5%):
A weekly test (on the previous weeks materials) will generally be given at the start of each lab class, and each will be worth 5% of the years marks.
Seismic interpretation (35%):
Practical exercises and quizzes will amount to 35% for the last 4 weeks of semester
Exam (25 %):
The exam is intended as a measure of summative knowledge of the course material in the first eight weeks.
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.
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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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