GEOLOGY 3525 - Mineral Resources III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

This course covers the processes that control the formation of ore deposits and mineral resources. Mineral 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 and quantifying the environmental impact of mining. 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 3525
    Course Mineral Resources III
    Coordinating Unit Earth 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
    Prerequisites GEOLOGY 2504
    Assumed Knowledge GEOLOGY 1100 and GEOLOGY 2502
    Course Description This course covers the processes that control the formation of ore deposits and mineral resources. Mineral 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 and quantifying the environmental impact of mining. 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.
    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 practical skills used in the evaluation of mineral resources.
    2 Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the processes leading to the formation of mineral systems.
    3 Use and evaluate the appropriate strategies and methods for exploration of mineral resources.
    4 Apply the scientific approaches being applied to exploration and production.
    5 Demonstrate understanding of the position of the minerals industry in the Australian economy.
    6 Interpret and analyse the geological characteristics of the geology of Australian mineral 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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1-6

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 3, 4, 6

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1,5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    1,5,6

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    4,5

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.

    6

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    3, 4, 5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    4,5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Reading materials and other learning resources will be indicated by the instructors as required for the tasks at hand
    Recommended Resources
    Reading materials required for course tasks, revision and exam preparation will be indicated by the instructors.

    However a good general background text that is very useful to have at hand is:

    Ore Deposit Geology by JOHN RIDLEY.

    The book is available online through the University of Adelaide library.


    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/workshop per week.

    The practical/workshop sessions will cover practical aspects of mineral and rock identification and evolution relevant to pragmatic and industry oriented practice.  The practical/workshop sessions will involve hand sample identification, drill core logging and GIS database-driven exploration planning within a mineral tenement.
    Workload

    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
    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
    Weeks 1-8 lecture topics: Ore deposits: introduction to ore systems and processes, porphyrys, massive sulphide deposits, 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 Due Weighting Hurdle Yes/No Learning Outcome
    Practical component Formative & Summative Practicals will be assessed each week 50% No 1,2,3,4,6
    Exam Summative Final exam during exam week 50% No 1-6

    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Assessment Item with Hurdle or compulsory component

    % needed to meet hurdle or requirement to meet compulsory component

    Is additional assessment available if student does not meet hurdle requirement or compulsory component, if no please explain

     

    If additional assessment is available, explain what type

    Practical Component

    If more than one practical session is missed without explanation this will result in a fail grade for this component of the course assessment

    Yes

    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)

    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.
    Submission
    Late SubmissionIf 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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