Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM109 - Ore Deposit Geology and Industrial Minerals (2011)

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MODULE TITLEOre Deposit Geology and Industrial Minerals CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSMM109 MODULE CONVENERDr Charlie Moon (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
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DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
The aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the genesis, geological characteristics, mining and processing of the major types of metalliferous ore deposits and industrial minerals. Major ore deposits relating to magmatic, hydrothermal, and surface processes are included.
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SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Term 1 (Week 1-9) The sources and nature of magmatic and hydrothermal fluids; Structural, lithological and chemical controls to mineralisation. Term 2 (Week 1-9) Mechanisms for deposition and the associated ore textures and wall rock alteration, Sedimentary processes in ore deposit formation Analytical techniques in ore deposit studies. Use of descriptive and genetic models of mineral deposits to illustrate the above concepts. The selection of mineral deposits studied varies depending upon lecturers’ research interests and areas of specialist knowledge, availability of guest lecturers, current trends in exploration, and commodity demand, but would typically include the following ore types: layered intrusives (Pt/Cr), orthomagmatic Fe-Ti deposits, Ni-Cu-Co sulphide deposits of magmatic origin, porphyry Cu-Mo-Au and epithermal gold systems, volcanogenic massive sulphides, sediment hosted Pb-Zn deposits, bauxites, iron ores, placers. Industrial minerals typically include aggregates, clays, limestones and other carbonates, silica sand, gypsum and other evaporites. Studies of each deposit type are then broadened to include typical mining and processing routes, environmental issues, detailed ore mineralogy, petrology and case histories. Industrial minerals within a genetic framework and relating these to industrial development and markets.
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) M (NQF Level 7) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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