GEOLOGY 3502 - Mineral and Energy Resources III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course covers the processes that control the formation of ore deposits, energy and geothermal resources. Resource forming processes are examined 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 processes, geochemistry and structural geology. The course also introduces geochemical techniques that can be applied to the detection and mapping of mineral resources. Practical work emphasises the mesoscopic recognition of ore minerals and textures in both hand sample and drill core, and the methods of data collection presentation and analysis of geochemical data in mapping ore deposits.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible GEOLOGY 3017 and GEOLOGY 3018
    Assessment Exam, practical work, assignment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Martin Hand

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    A succesful student should be able to:
    1 Demonstrate proficiency in common practical skills in Mineral and Energy Resource systems
    2 Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the processes leading to the formation of minerals and energy resources;
    3 Demonstrate an understanding of the strategies and methods of exploration of minerals and energy resources;
    4 Prepare a scientific report using data and information from diverse sources;
    5 Demonstrate understanding of the developing scientific approaches being applied to exploration and production of mineral and energy resources;
    6 Demonstrate understanding of the position of the minerals industry in the Australian economy;
    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)
    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)
    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, 3, 4, 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
    4, 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
    3, 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
    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
    1, 2, 3, 6, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Hand lens, well developed work ethic
    Recommended Resources
    Reading materials will be indicated by the instructors
    Online Learning
    Course-related material is available through MyUni
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered by the following means:
    • 2 x 1-hour lectures per week
    • 1 x 5-hour practical or tutorial 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
    Lecture topics and practical work
    Weeks 1-8 lecture topics   Ore deposits: introduction to ore systems and processes, porphyrys, massive sulphide deposites, sedimentary exhalative, Iron oxide copper gold and gold systems. Battery components (Li), the REE and Uranium.

    Weeks 1-8 practical topics  Ore minerals and ore features, including gossan and oxide minerals, infill and alteration, breccias and their textures, and core logging work.

    Weeks 9-12 lecture topic  Geochemistry as a tool in mineral exploration
    Weeks 9-12 practical topic  Application of geochemistry to mineral exploration

    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendence at the practical classes is compulsory.  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 (found on the MyUni site) with appropriate supporting documentation to the course coordinator.  Practicals missed due to medical or compassionate reasons must be made up (opportunity permitting) via contact with the course coordinator as soon as possible. Students can apply for an allowed absence  from a class by submitting an application to the course coordinator.  Failure to attend the practical classes will result in failing the course.

  • 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
    being assessed/
    Practical component

    Formative & Summative


    No 1,2,3
    Exam Summative 50% No 1,2,4,7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance is compulsory at all scheduled practical sessions. 

    The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on laboratory experience.  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.  Practicals missed due to medical or compassionate reasons must be made up (opportunity permitting; contact the course coordinator, 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
    Practicals (50%)
    Practicals weeks 1-8 will cover aspects of hand sample mineral and rock identification, drill core logging and appraisal of alteration styles associated with mineralisation.  They will also include analysis of ore deposit formation and the economic viability of those deposits. Worksheets are required to be handed in at the end of each practical.   In week 8 or 9 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. The geochemical exploration practical work will involve a three-week project, to be handed up in the practical in week 12.

    Exam (50%)
    An exam is set at the end of the course to ensure summative knowledge of the course material.
    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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