Ore Textures & Breccias

Subject GEOL90042 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

June, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 20-Jun-2016 to 23-Jun-2016
Assessment Period End 30-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 20-Jun-2016
Census Date 22-Jun-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 27-Jun-2016

This subject is taugt through the Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences: https://vieps.earthsci.unimelb.edu.au/.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 34 hours of practical exercises
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge of third-year geology strongly recommended

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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Assoc Prof Kevin Walsh



Subject Overview:

The course is designed to provide practical tools for exploration field professionals to identify and describe ore textures and breccias in mineralised systems.

Learning Outcomes:
  • This subject aims to equip students with discipline-specific knowledge and expertise appropriate for post-graduate research in the field;
  • equip students with discipline-specific knowledge and expertise enabling them to take their place as professional geologists in industry or government organisations; characterize ore textures and identify different breccia textures; distinguish between infill and alteration textures;
  • determine paragenetic sequences and recognize these textures in drill core; recognize vein and alteration styles in porphryry and related magmatic hydrothermal ore deposits; and understand the physical and chemical factors that affect the formation of porphyry and related magmatic hydrothermal deposits.
  • Multiple equally weighted laboratory assignments collectively equivalent to 1500 words, due one week after the end of the teaching period (60%)
  • Ore project assessment equivalent to 1000 words, due one week after the end of the teaching period (40%)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Exercise critical judgement;
  • undertake rigorous and independent thinking;
  • adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks;
  • develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills;
  • interrogate, synthesise and interpret the published literature;
  • work as part of a team.
Related Course(s): Master of Geoscience
Master of Science (Earth Sciences)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Earth Sciences
Honours Program - Earth Sciences

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