Ore Deposit Models

Subject GEOL90044 (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:

May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 09-May-2016
Teaching Period 16-May-2016 to 20-May-2016
Assessment Period End 20-May-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-May-2016
Census Date 16-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 17-May-2016

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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 16 hours of practicals and 24 hours of lectures
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

A basic knowledge of ore deposit environments and processes is recommended. Underpinning disciplines, including third year level geochemistry, hydrology, mineralogy, volcanology, sedimentology, igneous petrology, and structural geology, are also 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:

This course provides an introduction to the key features of several major classes of economically important mineral deposits. Each deposit style will be discussed in terms of geological and tectonic framework, mineralisation, alteration, genetic models and exploration criteria. Lectures covering each deposit type will be complemented with exercises or practical classes which examine sample sets of typical ores and host rocks.

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 geoogists in industry or government organisations; to recognise alteration in host-rock sequences;
  • characterise ore textures; recognise the importance and role of structure in the formation and modification of ore deposits.

1x written ore deposit summary of 500 words (22%), 1x oral presentation, based on hand-specimen analysis, 15 minutes (33%), 3x laboratory-based practicals dealing with lithofacies analysis, mineralogy, ore textures, and lithogeochemistry, ranging 2-4 hours (45%) all due during the teaching period.

Prescribed Texts:

Reading expected to be completed in the pre-teaching period.

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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