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CSMM127 - Advanced Techniques for Mineral Analysis (2019)

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MODULE TITLEAdvanced Techniques for Mineral Analysis CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSMM127 MODULE CONVENERProf Frances Wall (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 6 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 24
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module introduces you to the main analytical techniques used to analyse rock and minerals in mining geology and minerals processing. It also gives you practical experience of the techniques available in CSM and will help you to devise analytical strategies and to evaluate results during exploration, mining and processing, environmental work and in academic studies. The module contains a group project and is very helpful if you do analytical work done as part of the MSc research project.

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module is designed to give you practical experience and a theoretical understanding of the main analytical methods applied in mining geology and mineral processing. It also aims to enable choice of the most appropriate analytical methods and strategies for routine analysis and for research. Furthermore, it teaches you best practice in sampling design, data handling and quality 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 a systematic understanding of the main geochemical analytical techniques, including most recent innovations, and their application to exploration and production geology and minerals processing;

2. Show knowledge of sampling, data handling and quality control techniques.

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

3. Carry out analyses on a range of equipment;

4. Devise analytical strategies according to the nature of material being analysed and results required.

 

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge:

5. Critically evaluate and interpret analytical results;

6. Make decisions in complex situations and evaluate the outcome;

7. Work in a team in whilst tackling new problems.

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

Lectures:

- Consideration of the characteristics of mineral and rock samples and other materials relevant to and minerals engineering;

- Sampling techniques;

- Processing results;

- Whole sample chemistry X-ray fluorescence, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, portable XRF, atomic absorption, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry;

- Whole sample analysis by mineral structure, X-ray diffraction plus very brief introduction to transmission electron microscopy, synchrotron techniques;

- Spatially-resolved techniques SEM and electron beam microanalysis;

- Spatially-resolved techniques QEMSCAN (MLA);

- Other techniques:, Raman spectroscopy, fluid inclusion analysis;

- Geometallurgy;

- Presentations and comparison of the practical results.

 

Practical sessions:

- Sample preparation including minerals separation, thin sections, crushing and grinding;

- Scanning electron microscopy / energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis;

- Electron probe wavelength-dispersive microanalysis;

- Optical microscopy, cold cathodoluminescence;

- QEMSCAN quantitative mineralogy;

- X-ray fluorescence;

- X-ray diffraction;

- Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 37.00 Guided Independent Study 113.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 10 Lectures ILOs 1,2,4,5,6
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 24 Practical exercises in analytical techniques (ILOs 3,4,5,6,7)
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 3 Group presentation to rest of class and module
Guided independent study 113 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
Not applicable      

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams 10
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 50 1.5 hours 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 Result of exam
Lab group report/notebook 40 4000 word equivalent 1-6 Written
Group presentation 10 5 min individual slots 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 Verbal after presentation and sheet with mark for lab group report

 

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 assignment Weighting as above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional examination Weighting as above August Ref/Def period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above.

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:

A range of current recently published papers is available on ELE                                                     

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Gill, Robin Modern Analytical Geochemistry Pearson Education 1997 [Library]
Set Rollinson, Hugh R. Using Geochemical Data: Evaluation, Presentation, Interpretation Longman Geochemistry Series 1993 [Library]
Set Jones, Meurig P. Applied Mineralogy: A quantitative approach Graham & Trotman 1987 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
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 Monday 01 July 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Analytical techniques; chemistry; minerals; geology.