Economic Geology

Subject GEOL30006 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x one hour lectures per week; 1 x three hour practical class per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours


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Recommended Background Knowledge:

Subjects selected from

  • 625-301 Strutural Geology and Geodynamics(prior to 2010)
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Not offered in 2013
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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Topics covered include the geological setting and genesis of major metalliferous deposits; magmatic, magmatic hydrothermal, submarine hydrothermal and surficial deposits of major metalliferous and non-metallic resources will be integrated with fluid inclusions, stable isotope, petrographic and field studies.


On completion of this subject, students should comprehend the wide variety of metalliferous-ore-forming processes. Students should have developed skills in interpreting ore deposits, skills in exploration techniques based on ore-forming processes, and skills in communication.


The presentation of this subject and the on-going assessment is designed to encourage continuous and collaborative learning, maximise feedback and interaction, and reduce the weighting of the final theory exam. Worksheets from the practical sessions are to be submitted after each practical session. Two assignments on a variety of subjects are to be submitted during the semester. Results from the practical exam (week 12) will be posted prior to the theory exam.

  • Theory Exam: 40% Two-hour theory exam, including all topics covered in the lectures;
  • Prac. Exam: 25% One-hour exam, including hand-specimen, thin section and polished block identification of ore and gangue minerals plus associated rocks; held in the practical time-slot for week 12;
  • Assignments: 20% Two assignments of up to 1000 words each to be submitted during the semester. (i.e., each worth 10%);
  • F/T report: 10% Field trip attendance and worksheet, to be submitted after the field trip;
  • Practicals: 5% Submission of >80% of practical worksheets.
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Breadth Options:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Geology
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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