Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM127 - Advanced Techniques for Mineral Analysis (2012)

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MODULE TITLEAdvanced Techniques for Mineral Analysis CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSMM127 MODULE CONVENERProf Frances Wall (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 6
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 15
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module provides an introduction to the main analytical techniques used to analyse rock and minerals in mining  geology and minerals processing and practical experience of the techniques available in CSM. It will help in devising analytical strategies and evaluating results during exploration, mining and processing, environmental work and in academic studies. The module contains a group project and is very helpful if analytical work will be done as part of the MSc research project.

It is assumed that participants are registered on MSc Mining Geology or MSc Minerals Engineering and have done the preceeding modules on these courses. It could also be suitable for other students with a good knowledge of geological materials.

AIMS - intentions of the module

To give practical experience and theoretical understanding of the main analytical methods applied in mining geology and mineral processing.

To enable choice of most appropriate analytical methods and strategies for routine analysis and for research.

To teach best practice in sampling design, data handling and quality control.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1

Systematic understanding of the main geochemical analytical techniques, including most recent innovations, and their application to exploration and production geology and minerals processing.

2

Knowledge of sampling, data handling and quality control techniques

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

3

The practical ability to carry out analyses on a range of equipment

4

The ability to devise analytical strategies according to the nature of material being analysed and results required 

5

The ability to critically evaluate and interpret analytical results

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

6

The ability to make decisions in complex situations and evaluate the outcome

7

The ability to work in a team in whilst tackling new problems.

 

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

Lectures: week plan

1.         Consideration of the characteristics of mineral and rock samples and other materials relevant to recycling and minerals engineering. Composition, heterogeneity, size, shape, inclusions, surfaces, waters, gases. Types of analyses and results obtained. Difference between an assay and research-type analyses. H&S considerations

2.         Sampling techniques.

3.         Processing results part 1. Reviewing and organising data, precedents for data presentation, analytical errors, detection limits, precision and accuracy, recalculating and manipulating results.

4.         Whole sample chemistry  X-ray fluorescence, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, portable XRF, atomic absorption, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry,

5.         Whole sample analysis by mineral structure ֖X-ray diffraction plus very brief introduction to transmission electron microscopy, synchrotron techniques.

6.         Spatially-resolved techniques  SEM and electron beam microanalysis

7.         Spatially-resolved techniques QEMSCAN (MLA)

8.         Other techniques:, Raman spectroscopy, fluid inclusion analysis

9.         Geometallurgy case study

10.             Processing results part 2. Tables, graphs, and mineral formulae,  Comparing techniques,

11.       Presentations and comparison of the practical results

 

Practical sessions will be done in small groups each week. The groups will rotate around a number of practical analytical exercises involving a selection of the following equipment for each group.

 

1. Sample preparation including minerals separation, thin sections, crushing and grinding  (whole group)

2. Scanning electron microscopy / energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis

3. Electron probe wavelength-dispersive microanalysis

4. Optical microscopy, cold cathodoluminescence

5. QEMSCAN quantitative mineralogy

6. X-ray fluorescence

7. X-ray diffraction

8. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry  ,

 

Each group will be allocated a supervisor. The samples used in the exercises will be a selection from rock, stream samples, soil/laterite, ore, minerals processing products, industrial minerals, man-made material from recycling

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 37.00 Guided Independent Study 113.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS

Category

Hours of study time

Description

Lectures

10 * 1 hr.

Lectures (and ELE) ILOs 1,2,4,5,6

Practical sessions

8 * 3 hr.

Practical exercises in the various analytical techniques. Design of analytical strategy, analysis using equipment mainly at CSM, evaluation and interpretation of results. (ILOs 3,4,5,6,7)

Presentation

3 hrs.

Group presentation (3, 4 or 5 per group with 5 minute individual slots) to rest of class and staff associated with the module.

Private study

113 hrs.

 

 

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 the assessment  e.g. duration/length

ILOs assessed

Feedback method

Examination

50%

1.5 hours

ILOs 1,2,4,5,6

Result of exam

Laboratory group project report plus laboratory notebook

40%

2500 word equivalent

ILOs 1,2,3,4,5,6

Written feedback with mark for group report

Group presentation (3, 4 or 5 per group with 5 minute individual slots)

10%

5 minute individual slots

ILOs 1,2,4,5,7

Verbal feedback after the presentation and feedback sheet with mark returne with mark for laboratory group project report.

 

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-assessment

Summative Assessment

Additional Summative assignment

Weighting as above

August Ref/Def period

Examination

Additional Examination

Weighting 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

Basic reading:

 

Robin Gill, 1997, Modern Analytical Geochemistry, Pearson Education                                                  

 

Hugh R. Rollinson, 1993 Using Geochemical Data: Evaluation, Presentation, Interpretation (Longman Geochemistry Series)

 

Meurig P. Jones 1987 Applied Mineralogy: A quantitative approach, Graham & Trotman                           

 

A range of current recently published papers is available on ELE                                                     

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
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 Tuesday 26 June 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Analytical techniques, chemistry, minerals, geology