Geology

CSM3151 - Exploration Techniques (2019)

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MODULE TITLEExploration Techniques CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM3151 MODULE CONVENERMr Benedikt Steiner (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 30
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to mineral exploration techniques commonly applied in the mining sector. It is a major selling point for jobs in mineral exploration and production, site investigation as well as general applied geology.

This module is compulsory for BSc/ MGeol Applied Geology and optional for BSc/ MGeol EGG and Geology.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The module has been designed to cater for the need of the exploration and mine geologist and for those geoscientists employed to investigate environmental and construction related issues. After a general introduction to mineral exploration, key exploration methods will be presented in lectures and practicals. This includes an underground mapping exercise and geophysical field surveying. Further lectures will introduce the financial background of mining projects (feasibility studies) and the role of the geologist in resource estimation and grade control.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1 Demonstrate an understanding of the organisation of the mining industry and its objectives, particularly with respect to exploration;

2 Demonstrate an understanding of the stages of exploration programmes and the appropriate choices of exploration techniques;

3 Demonstrate an understanding of drilling techniques, how resources and reserves are calculated and their importance in raising finance for the mining industry;

4 Demonstrate an appreciation of geochemical sampling techniques utilising rock, soil and stream sediment data;

5 Demonstrate a knowledge of the main exploration geophysical techniques, their methods and uses;

6 Demonstrate an understanding the principles, instrumentation and analysis methods used in these techniques;

7 Demonstrate an understanding of the advantages and limitations of the various geophysical techniques and data processing and interpretation methods which are commonly used;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

8 Develop an awareness of the place and role of geophysical and geochemical techniques and be able to apply these techniques in theory and practice;

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:

9 Present data in written/graphical form including numeracy, analysis.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Associated Academic Staff:

Exploration Programmes and Exploration Geochemistry (Benedikt Steiner)

Geophysics in Site Investigation (Neill Wood)

Resource geology and mining finance (Paul Wheeler)

Underground Mapping (Robin Shail)

 

-Organisation of the mining industry, exploration objectives, converting geological models into exploration programmes;

- Health & Safety in the mineral exploration sector;

- Operations Support and Logistics;

- Exploration geochemistry: (1) geochemical principles and surveys, (2) interpretation of geochemical datasets and (3) Analytical Geochemistry and QAQC;

- Drilling methods and borehole surveying;

- Mining Finance, Production Geology & Mining Geology;

- Near-surface exploration geophysics: use of geophysical techniques and instrumentation; important factors in the design of surveys and simple processing of data;

- Underground Mapping.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 64.00 Guided Independent Study 86.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 40 Lectures/Practicals
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 24 Fieldwork
Guided Independent Study 86 Private Study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Discussion Board Variable All Oral/Written
Peer and Lecturer Feedback: to immediately address queries and misconceptions Ongoing All Verbal feedback during seminar discussions
Drop-In Assignment Clinic 1 hour (Approx.) All Informal student-led session held during the assignment period, to address any deficiencies in skills or knowledge exposed during the assignment.

 

 
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 60 Written Exams 40 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 40 1.5 hours 1-9 Exam Mark
Integrated Desktop Study and Geochemical Exploration 25 15 pages 1-9 Written and Verbal
Geophysical Fieldwork 20 10 pages equivalent 1-2, 5-9 Written and Verbal
Mine Mapping 15 5 pages, (incl. map) 1, 3-9 Written and Verbal. [Note: this depends on the availability of a mine]

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
Summative Assessment Additional Assessment As Above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional Examination As Above August Ref/Def period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above, one piece of Coursework (50%), and/or one Exam (50%)

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Moon, C.J., Whateley, M.K.G., Evans, A.M. (eds) Introduction to Mineral Exploration Electronic Blackwell Science 2006 [Library]
Set Marjoribanks, R. Geological Methods in Mineral Exploration and Mining 2nd Chapman & Hall 2010 [Library]
Set Rose, A.W. Hawkes, H.E. & Webb, J.S. Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration 2nd Academic Press 1979 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM2312, CSM3047
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 19 July 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Exploration Geochemistry; Exploration Geophysics; Field Geophysics; Groundwater Exploration; Underground Geological Mapping