Geology

CSMM110 - Techniques in Mining Geology (2019)

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MODULE TITLETechniques in Mining Geology CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSMM110 MODULE CONVENERMr Benedikt Steiner (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 + 2 Vacation 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Provides an introduction to practical geological skills used by geologists in mineral exploration and mining. This includes how to initiate, run and organise exploration programmes and control grade at operating mines. A key feature is a field visit to a major mining district to see and discuss how these skills are currently used.

It builds on geological knowledge acquired at undergraduate level and CSMM109.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The module introduces and develops key practical techniques and skills associated with the role of mining and exploration geologists. These include geological fieldwork techniques in mineralised areas including surface mapping; the importance of desk studies; and working as a member of a team.

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 Know and apply key exploration methods, explain and demonstrate how exploration programmes are devised;

2 Understand the role of a geologist in mining and how the geologist interacts with other disciplines;

3 Be able to handle data normally used in mining and exploration to generate information for geological and general management;

4 Understand the geological framework of major mining regions of the world, including one world-class province;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

5 Have a systematic understanding, and a critical awareness of a wide variety of techniques for the acquisition, analysis, interpretation and presentation of geoscientific data relevant to the mining industry;

6 Be able to apply these techniques in the search for, assessment and extraction of minerals. Sources of data will encompass literature, laboratory and field based materials;

7 Have the ability to synthesis and evaluate complex geological data, make sound judgments and communicate the results to others, along with an ability to make recommendations relevant to decision-making in the mining industry;

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:

8 Have developed and promoted his/her learning and problem-solving skills;

9 Be able to gather original and other complex data from a variety of sources (fieldwork, library, internet and others), analyse and synthesise the data, and make reasonable deductions; and, have the ability to utilise a full range of computer-based learning resources as an autonomous learner;

10 Have developed the ability to work as a member of a team;

11 Be able to discuss complex issues, report on them and communicate the results to others.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 155.00 Guided Independent Study 145.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
75 Lectures - An integrated programme of lectures, practical work, fieldwork and associated private study time (ILO 1-10). (ILO 3, 8, 9-11).
Field Trip 80 A field excursion to a major world mining region is undertaken (ILO 1, 5, 6, 7, 9).
Guided Independent Study 145 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 experiment

 

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 2 hours 1-11 Oral
Botallack Map and Group Presentation 10 Map and Group Presentation 1, 3-11 Oral/Written
Geochemical Interpretation 25 20 pages 1-11 Oral/Written
Software Week In-Class Exercise 10 5 pages equivalent 3, 5, 7, 9 Oral/Written
Report on Overseas Field Visit 15 15 pages 1-11 Oral/Written

 

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-assessment
Summative Assessment Additional Summative 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

Basic Reading:

Journals:

Economic Geology, Ore Geology Reviews, Mineralium Deposita, Industrial Minerals, Transactions of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, Section A. Mining Industry, Section B. Applied Earth Sciences (now known as Applied Earth Science).

Web based and Electronic Resources:

ELE - http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

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 Sinclair, A.J. and Blackwell, G.H. Applied Mineral Inventory Estimation Cambridge University Press 2002 [Library]
Set Peters, W.C. Exploration and Mining Geology Wiley 1979 [Library]
Set Harben, P.W. and Kuzvart, M. Industrial Minerals: A Global Geology Industrial Minerals information Ltd., Metal Bulletin plc 1996 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 30 January 2020
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mining; Exploration; Mapping; Geology; Desktop; Study; Geochemistry; Production; Grade; Control; Resources; Reserves