Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM429 - Industrial Rocks and Minerals (2019)

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MODULE TITLEIndustrial Rocks and Minerals CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSMM429 MODULE CONVENERProf Kip Jeffrey (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 10 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 40
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module develops the knowledge of the economic formation, extraction and use of industrial minerals in our modern society. The module builds on the knowledge of geolocial processes equivalent to the syllabus of the second year of study of a typical geology programme. The module will deal with the formation, characteristics and extractive properties of industrial rock and mineral commodities, as well as develop knowledge of the industry standards for their economic processing, marketing and use.

Prerequisites for this module are general knowledge of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary petrology, structural geology and tectonics equivalent to the completion of a second year geology programme. Students must have completed Mineral Deposit Geology (CSM3046) or a module with equivalent contents. This module is not suitable for non-specialist students or interdisciplinary pathways.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the genesis, geological characteristics, extraction and processing of the major types of industrial minerals. The selection of commodities studied will vary depending upon lecturers’ research interests and areas of specialist knowledge, availability of guest lecturers, current trends in exploration, and commodity demands.

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 the key characteristics of the major types of industrial rocks and minerals and the properties that affect exploration, evaluation and exploitation.

2.     Understand the role of geological processes in the genesis of industrial rock and mineral deposits and identify and explain the major controls on their formation.

3.     Recognise the mineralogical and petrological signatures of major industrial rock and mineral types, identify and analyse their assemblages, textural relationships and parageneses and relate these to the mode and timing of formation.

4.     Recognise industrial minerals at a microscopic and hand specimen level and identify relationships and associations of economic significance.

5.     Understand the complexities in the marketing of industrial rocks and minerals, in relation to metalliferous ores.

6.     Understand the geological and economical framework for industrial rock and mineral extraction in Cornwall and the UK.

 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

7.     Understand and demonstrate the importance of making scientific observations, recognising similarities, and using observations to develop complex geological interpretations.

8.     Understand the inter-disciplinary nature of the extractive industry, placing industrial rocks and minerals in the context of the wider exploration, development, processing and environmental management cycle of the extractive industry.

 

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge
 

9.     Develop and promot personal learning and problem-solving skills.

10.   Develop and maintain a record of practical observations.

11.   Be able to communicate with and relate to extractive industry personnel.

 

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

A typical syllabus may include:

Introduction, Aggregates, Cement, Clay, Limestone, Sand and gravel, Dimension stone, Tarmac, Iron ores, Bauxite, Evaporites, Gemstones, Diamonds, Economics of industrial minerals

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 40.00 Guided Independent Study 110.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 25 Lectures and practical classes
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 15 Student-led seminars (with feed-back from module leader and student peers)
Guided independent study 110 Independent study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) Feedback Method
In class mid-term ELE quizzes Multiple choice test (30 questions over 20 minutes) Database of answers per quiz (online set-up). Assesses ILOs 1-8.

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 40 Practical Exams 20
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 40 1.5 hour written examination. 1-8 Written feedback to individuals upon request
Written assignment 40 Professional group report critically examining the extractive properties and market for a select commodity.  1-8 Written feedback on report
Oral presentation 20 Group presentation (5 minutes per student).  1-11 Feedback in class

 

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
Written report Additional written report 1-8 August ref/def period
Examination Additional examination 1-8 August ref/def period

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

Re-assessment will be on the written report (50%) and exam (50%) only. Re-assessment will not include the oral presentation.

 

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

Web based and Electronic Resources:

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/


Other Resources:

Research papers (reading list per seminar)

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Harben, P.W. and Kuzvart, M Industrial Minerals: a global geology Industrial Minerals information Ltd., Metal Bulletin plc 1996 [Library]
Set Scott, P.W. and Bristow, C.M. Industrial Minerals and Extractive Industry Geology Geological Society, London 2002 [Library]
Set Pohl, W.L. Economic Geology. Principles and Practice Wiley-Blackwell 2005 978-1-4443-3663-1 [Library]
Set Evans, A. Ore Geology and Industrial Minerals 3rd Blackwell 1993 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES CSM3046
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 10 March 2017 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 11 October 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Mineral deposits, ores, mineralisation, base metals, precious metals, critical metals, industrial minerals, paragenesis.