Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM194 - Exploration and Mining Geology (2019)

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MODULE TITLEExploration and Mining Geology CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSMM194 MODULE CONVENERMr Benedikt Steiner (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module provides an introduction to practical geological skills used by geologists in mineral exploration and mining. This includes how to initiate, run and organise exploration programmes and control grade at operating mines.

It builds on geological knowledge acquired at undergraduate level and CSMM109. This module runs concurrently with CSMM110 and is intended for students of the MSc Exploration Geology Programme.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The module introduces and develops key practical techniques and skills associated with the role of mining and exploration geologists. These include geological fieldwork techniques in mineralised areas including, surface mapping and working as a member of a team.

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:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1 Know and apply key exploration methods, explain and demonstrate how exploration programmes are devised;

2 Understand the role of a geologist in mining and how the geologist interacts with other disciplines;

3 Be able to handle data normally used in mining and exploration to generate information for geological and general management;

4 Understand the geological framework of major mining regions of the world, including one world-class province;

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

5 Have a systematic understanding and a critical awareness of a wide variety of techniques for the acquisition, analysis, interpretation and presentation of geo-scientific data relevant to the mining industry;

6 Be able to apply these techniques in the search for, assessment and extraction of minerals. Sources of data will encompass literature, laboratory and field-based materials;

7 Have the ability to synthesise and evaluate complex geological data, make sound judgments and communicate the results to others, along with an ability to make recommendations relevant to decision-making in the mining industry;

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and Knowledge:

8 Have developed and promoted his/her learning and problem-solving skills;

9 Be able to gather original and other complex data from a variety of sources (fieldwork, library, internet and others), analyse and synthesise the data, and make reasonable deductions; and, have the ability to utilise a full range of computer-based learning resources as an autonomous learner;

10 Have developed the ability to work as a member of a team;

11 Be able to discuss complex issues, report on them and communicate the results to others.

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

Mineral Exploration (Benedikt Steiner):

Structure and strategy of exploration programmes;

- Health & Safety in the mineral exploration sector;

- Operations Support & Logistics, budgeting of exploration programmes;

- Geological reconnaissance and desktop studies;

- Exploration geochemistry: (1) surface sampling surveys, (2) interpretation and (3) analytical geochemistry & QAQC;

- Drilling Methods & Core Logging;

Production Geology (Paul Wheeler):

Role of the geologist in mining operations;

- Principles of grade control;

- Resources & Reserves;

- Further activities include:

- Desk study of the regional geology, metalliferous and industrial mineral resources and mining activities of an important world-mining region or commodity as well as social impact;

- Introduction to computerised methods in mining geology using industry standard packages, e.g. Maptek Vulcan, ioGas, ArcGIS;

- Mining Geology Fieldwork: general mapping and recording of mineralised structures, core logging.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 75.00 Guided Independent Study 75.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities 75 Lectures - An integrated programme of lectures, practical work, fieldwork and associated private study time (ILO 1-10), (ILO 3, 8, 9-11)
Guided Independent Study 75 Private study and coursework

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Discussion Board Variable All Oral/ Written
Peer and Lecturer Feedback Ongoing All Verbal
Drop-In Assignment Clinic 1 hour (Approx.) All Informal, Student-Led Session

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 60 2 hours 1-11 Oral
Botallack Map and Group Presentation 20 Map and Group Presentation 1, 3-11 Oral/ Written 
Software Week In-Class Exercise 20 5 pages 3, 5, 7, 9 Oral/ 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-assessment
Summative Assessment and Examination Additional Summative Assessment and Examination As Above August RefDef Period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above, one piece of Coursework (60%) and/or one Exam (40%).

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:

Web based and electronic resources:

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

A list of web resources and academic papers are available through ELE. In addition, the course site contains comprehensive online resources including lectures, PowerPoint presentations, documents and reference material in pdf format, mp3 podcasts, videos, e-tivities, discussion boards; and links to the University of Exeter electronic library and its comprehensive resources.

Other resources:

Journals

Economic Geology; Ore Geology Reviews; Mineralium Deposita; Industrial Minerals; Transactions of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy; Section A. Mining Industry; Section B. Applied Earth Sciences (now known as Applied Earth Science)

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Moon, C., Whateley, M. and Evans, M. (eds.) Introduction to Mineral Exploration 2nd Wiley, 496p 2005 [Library]
Set Marjoribanks, R. Geological Methods in Mineral Exploration and Mining 2nd Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 238p 2010 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSMM109, CSMM189
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 06 July 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 16 August 2019
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mineral; Exploration; Ore; Deposits; Geology; Exploration; Grade Control; Resource Geology