Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3151 - Exploration Techniques (2012)

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MODULE TITLEExploration Techniques CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM3151 MODULE CONVENERDr Charlie Moon (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 10
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 20
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Provides a theoretical and practical introduction to exploration techniques. Major selling point for jobs in mineral exploration and production, as well as general applied geology.

Links to field techniques and GIS modules and builds on mineral deposits module (although not a prerequisite)

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)

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

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1.An appreciation of the organisation of the mining industry and its objectives, particularly with respect to exploration

2.An appreciation of the stages of exploration programmes and the appropriate choices of exploration techniques

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

4.An appreciation of geochemical sampling techniques utilising rock, soil and stream sediment data

5.A knowledge of the main exploration geophysical techniques, their methods and uses.

6.An understanding the principles, instrumentation and analysis methods used in these techniques

7.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.On completion of the module the student should be aware 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.Numeracy, analysis, presentation of data in written/graphical form.

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)

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
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 40 Lectures/practicals
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 24 Field work
Guided independent study 86 Private study

 

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
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 1-9 Exam mark

Practical work portfolio

10 600 words 1-9 Continuous feedback

Geochemical sample report

20 1200 words 1-4, 8, 9 Written & verbal

Geophysical fieldwork

20 1200 words 1-2, 5-9 Written & verbal
         

 

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 1 piece of CW 50% and/or 1 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

     

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Marjoribanks, R. Geological Methods in Mineral Exploration and Mining 2nd Chapman & Hall 2010 [Library]
Set Moon, C.J., Whateley, M.K.G., Evans, A.M. (eds) Introduction to Mineral Exploration Electronic Blackwell Science 2006 [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 None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined