Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM110 - Techniques in Mining Geology (2012)

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MODULE TITLETechniques in Mining Geology CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSMM110 MODULE CONVENERDr Charlie Moon (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module

The module introduces and develops some of the practical techniques and skills associated with the role of a mining geologist. These include the ability to recognise ore minerals and evidence for their presence in rocks; geological fieldwork techniques in mineralised areas including underground; the importance of desk studies; and working as a member of a team. It builds on geological knowledge acquired at undergraduate level.

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

Term 1 (Weeks 1-9) Structures and forms of orebodies; processes for the formation of ores; classification of ores; definition of reserves and resources A comprehensive study of the geology of SW England and development of the Cornubian orefield and its industrial minerals. This includes supervised fieldwork and studies at historic and present day extractive operations. Desk study 1 of the regional geology, metalliferous and industrial mineral resources and mining activities of an important world-mining region. Mining Geology Fieldwork 1: general mapping and recording of mineralised structures, underground geological and geotechnical mapping, core logging. Mineral Exploration 1: structure and strategy of exploration programmes, exploration geochemistry, devising drilling/trenching programmes, surveying techniques and remote sensing. Ore Mineralogy: reflected and transmitted light microscopy and hand specimen identification of major ore minerals and associated silicate phases. Mineral associations, textural relationships and paragenesis, implications for processing. Term 2 (Weeks 1-9) Desk study 2 of the regional geology, metalliferous and industrial mineral resources and mining activities of an important world-mining region. Mining Geology Fieldwork 2: Further general mapping and recording of mineralised structures, underground geological and geotechnical mapping, core logging. Mineral Exploration 2: structure and strategy of exploration programmes, exploration geochemistry, devising drilling/trenching programmes, surveying techniques and remote sensing.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
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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 Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined