Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3151 - Exploration Techniques (2011)

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MODULE TITLEExploration Techniques CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM3151 MODULE CONVENERDr Charlie Moon (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
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.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Exploration programmes and exploration geochemistry topics are taught by CJM; exploration geophysics by ANO Week 1: Organisation of the mining industry, exploration objectives, converting geological models into exploration programmes (ILOs 1,2, 8) Week 2: Remote Sensing (ILO 2) Exploration geochemistry Weeks 3-4: Introduction, geochemical sample preparation and analysis, analytical quality control (ILOs 2, 4) Weeks 5-6: Review of sampling methods; advantages/disadvantages of each technique. Soil and contaminated land sampling. Stream sediment/water sampling and acid rock drainage (ILOs 2, 4, 8). Week 7: Drilling and resource calculation, Value of a mineral deposit (ILOs 2, 3). Geophysics (ILOs 2, 5-7) Week 8: Exploration seismology. The principles, uses, instrumentation and method of refraction and reflection seismology. Uses of the techniques; important factors in the design of surveys and simple processing of data. Gravity. Instrumentation, corrections to survey data, interpretation of gravity anomaly data. Week 9: Resistivity. Instrumentation, data analysis and interpretation. The application of the techniques to groundwater exploration. Magnetic data. Instrumentation, data analysis and interpretation. Electromagnetic and electrical methods. Instrumentation, data analysis and interpretation. Methods covered will include induced polarisation and continuous electromagnetic methods. Field geophysics (3 days with introduction) (ILO 2, 5, 6 , 7)
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 50 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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