Economic Geology

Subject GEOL30006 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

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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 170 hours


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Corequisites: None
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Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof David Phillips



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.

Learning Outcomes:

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: 20% 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: 5% Field trip attendance and worksheet, to be submitted after the field trip;
  • Practical quiz: 5%, held in week 7
  • Practicals: 10% Submission of >80% of practical worksheets.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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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 Course(s): Master of Geoscience
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Geology
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.

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