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
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.
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$reassessOppTxt
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.