GEOLOGY 3502 - Mineral and Energy Resources III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 3502 Course Mineral and Energy Resources III Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up top 7 hours per week, plus 5 day field trip Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible GEOLOGY 3017 and GEOLOGY 3018 Course Description This course covers generic processes and geological settings of mineral, energy and geothermal resources, and the exploration strategies employed by industry. Resource forming processes are seen in the framework of the tectonic, petrogenetic and geochemical evolution of the Earth's crust on local, regional and global geological scales. Thus, the course draws upon igneous and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, sedimentary facies analysis, and the science of soils, weathering and diagenesis in the setting of evolving landscapes. Resource exploration will be examined in terms of the physical and chemical characteristics of deposits, and their geophysical and geochemical detection, with an emphasis on exploration strategies in regolith-covered environments. We will also discuss the tightly interrelated issues of economics of natural resources, environmental conservation and rehabilitation, and social impacts of the mining industry. Practical work includes microscopy, quantitative analytical methods, thermodynamic calculations, geophysical field methods, as well as an introduction to exploration software packages. The course will include at least five days of integrated geochemical and geophysical fieldwork, with industry visits to South Australian mineral deposits, PIRSA and mineral exploration companies in Adelaide.
Details of field trips are communicated at start of the course.
Course Coordinator: Professor Martin Hand
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
A succesful student should be able to: 1 demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the processes leading to the formation of minerals and energy resources; 2 demonstrate an understanding of the strategies and methods of exploration of minerals and energy resources; 3 prepare a scientific report using data and information from diverse sources; 4 demonstrate understanding of the developing scientific approaches being applied to exploration and production of mineral and energy resources; 5 demonstrate understanding of the position of the minerals industry in the Australian economy; 6 work as part of a group in a role playing activity; 7 demonstrate knowledge of the geology of Australian minerals and energy deposits.
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5,7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3,4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2,5,7
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
- 2 x 1-hour lectures per week
- 1 x 4-hour practical or tutorial per week
- 1 x 3-day field excursion during the mid semester break
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/Tutorial Week 1 Introduction to Mineral deposits
Fluids in the Earth's Crust: Fluids in mineralising systems
Introduction to reflected light microscopy: Ore Mineral Identification Week 2 Subduction Zones: Porphyry Copper
IOCG: Olympic Dam, Prominent Hill and Ernest Henry
Textural Relationships of ore minerals - Mineral paragenesis Cu sulphides Week 3 Gold Deposits: Orogenic and epithermal Gold Deposits
Basins and Passive Continental Margins
Textural Relationships of ore minerals : Prominent Hill Week 4 Uranium Deposits
Magmatic deposits: Nickel, Chromium, PGE
Textural Relationships of ore minerals : Challenger Week 5 Alteration 1: Alteration Systems and Mineral Deposits
Alteration 2: Footprints and Fingerprints
Ore paragenesis: Olympic Dam Week 6 Geochemical Exploration: Sampling and Data treatment Ore paragenesis: Orogenic gold Week 7 Supergene deposits: Bauxite, Kaolinite, Nickel Informal tutorial sessions/self directed study Week 8 Coal deposits Interpreting Sedimentary sequences Week 9 Hydrocarbons and their Exploration I Geothermal Modelling Week 10 Hydrocarbons and their Exploration II Interpreting Seismic Data Week 11 Geothermal Energy: Geological processes eSim online role playing exercise Week 12 Geothermal Energy Exploration eSim online role playing exercise
Specific Course RequirementsA 3-day field excursion will take the students to mining operations and mineral deposit sites. This will provide an insight into the operation of mining and the role of geology in the economic extraction of resources.
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Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Due date Practical component Formative & Summative
No 1,2,3 Due week 6
Due week 7
Due week 8
Due week 9
Due week 10
Due week 11
Due week 12
On-line role playing exercise Formative & Summative 20% No 2,4,6 On MyUni Written assignment Formative & Summative 10% No 1,2,3,4,5,7 Due week 9 Exam Summative 55% No 1,2,4,7
Assessment DetailPracticals (15%)
Practicals will cover aspects of hand sample mineral and rock identification, drill core logging and appraisal of alteration styles associated with mineralisation. Worksheets are required to be handed in at the end of each practical, and/or combined with short take home assignments. The practical course will also involve a field practical to a mine site in the Adelaide Hills. In week 12 there will be a practical test to exam competency in identifying ore minerals, mineral associations, and alteration styles both in hand sample and in drill core.
Written assignment (10%)
There will be a 2000 word literature review written in a scientific format, complete with bibliography and within text referencing.
The task will be set in Week 8 and will due in week 10 by e-submission.
On-line role playing exercise (20%)
The eSim is an online learning exercise where students will work in groups of 3 or 4 to represent individual industry, government and environment roles. Students will investigate the technical, regulatory, native land and environment impact issues concerned with petroleum discoveries in the Cooper Basin. The eSim will be assessment based on the quality and quantity of interactions during the role play (5%). Assessment will also include a technical report of the petroleum system in the Cooper Basin (5%).The eSim exercise is conducted in practical sessions.
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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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