Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3315 - Mineral Deposit Geology (2012)

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MODULE TITLEMineral Deposit Geology CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3315 MODULE CONVENERDr Jens Andersen (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 10
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 16
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module aims to equip you with the necessary background knowledge on the nature and formation of ore deposits and industrial minerals to take on a job in minerals exploration or mine geology. During the practical sessions you will study hand specimens, thin sections of rocks and polished blocks containing ore minerals, and associated maps, to determine the characteristics and mode of origin of the ore deposit being studied.  The prerequisite for this module is Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (CSM2312); it is not suitable for non-specialist students or interdisciplinary pathways.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The course is concerned with the study of the more important metalliferous and industrial minerals deposits. Attention is given to their general geological characteristics and the controls on their formation. Practical training is given in techniques for recording geological data pertaining to mineral deposits.

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 ability to recognise and describe the characteristics of the major mineral deposit types.

2.An understanding of the processes which lead to the concentration or formation of ore and industrial mineral deposits.

3.An ability to recognise the mineralogical and petrological signatures of a variety of deposit types, identify and analyse their assemblages, textural relationships and paragenesis and relate these to the mode and timing of ore formation.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

4.The importance of making scientific observations, recognising similarities between these and stated models and using these observations to determine or support geological interpretations.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

5.Independent study skills, problem-solving, and use of appropriate technology.

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

Geological framework (sources, pathways, agents, and deposition) of mineral deposits; Processes involved in deposit formation and genesis (structural and lithological controls to mineralisation); Descriptive characteristics and physical/chemical properties. Although the exact deposit types under consideration may change, a typical syllabus plan would be:

 

Week 1            (JCA)  Introduction; orebody models; tectonic and metallogenic framework

Week 2-5        (JCA)   Magmatic-related deposits, Cr-Fe-Ti oxides, Ni-Cu-Co sulphides, PGE.

Week 6            (BW)    Deposits formed at the magmatic-hydrothermal transition (porphyry deposits)

Week 7            (BW)    Hydrothermal deposits (VMS, epithermal systems)

Week 8            (CJM)  Placers and palaeoplacers

Week 9            (CJM)  Orebodies related to sedimentation and weathering (e.g. iron ores, placer deposits, bauxites)

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 27.00 Guided Independent Study 73.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 27 Formal lectures/practicals
Guided independent learning 73 Private study
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 25 Written Exams 75 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 75 1.5 hours 2,5 Exam mark
Portfolio 25 1000 words 1,3,4 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-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 25% and/or 1 Exam 75%

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

The Open University 1995 S268 Block 5 Part 1,  Metals 1 Ore Deposits, OU      

Selected scientific papers                                                    

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Robb, L. Introduction to Ore-forming Processes Blackwell 2005 [Library]
Set Evans, A. Ore Geology and Industrial Minerals 3rd Blackwell Science 1993 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM2312
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
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