Economic Minerals and Resources EARTH4083

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Theoretical and practical aspects of ore and industrial mineral-forming processes and introduction to commercial mining.


Four classes per week for 3 weeks (2 hr lecture and 1 hr lab per class). Local 1 day field class.

Requirements of Entry

Normally completion of Level 3 Geology courses or Level 3 Earth Science courses at a mean of D3.

Excluded Courses

EARTH4005 - Economic Minerals


Written exam (60%); Data and sample interpretation and analysis (40%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses


Course Aims

To develop an understanding of the origins of metal-bearing ore deposits and industrial minerals in a wide range of geological settings, and commercial mining operations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ To explain the nature and origin of ore and industrial mineral deposits and basic concepts of ore genesis (source of metals, origin of fluids, depositional conditions);

■ To discuss the plate tectonic associations of major ore deposits;

■ To appraise the nature, mode of formation and economic significance of ore deposits and industrial mineral accumulations within various geological environments;

■ To identify and evaluate relevant geological materials in hand-specimen and assess geological associations;

■ To evaluate techniques used in mineral exploration and extraction.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.