ESC-30028 - Economic Geology
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






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Description for 2024/25

This module covers aspects of economic geology, including ore body formation and mineral exploration methods, aggregate materials, and the formation, exploration and production of coal, including coal gasification. The module also includes an excursion to a mine.

The module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of:
- the petrological controls on igneous and metasomatic ore body formation and their mineral exploration methods
- aggregate production and uses
- the formation, exploration and production of coal

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

systematically describe, evaluate and interpret processes and mechanisms of igneous and metamorphic ore formation: 1,2
systematically describe and evaluate exploration techniques and economic considerations in ore body assessment: 1,2
systematically describe, evaluate and interpret aggregate materials, their exploration, production and development: 1
evaluate the formation, exploration and production of coal, and demonstrate a critical awareness of future reserves and the environmental implications of coal production and usage: 1
assess techniques used for the mining of minerals and coal: 1,2
develop further poster presentation skills: 2

Study hours

- Lectures 16 hours
- Practical classes 21 hours
- One-day field excursion 10 hours
- Private study, assignment completion 103 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Practical Assessment weighted 60%
Portfolio of practical exercises
Portfolio of practical exercises, including in-class exercises and/or field course exercises and/or practical tests of topics covered during the course.

2: Assignment weighted 40%
Individual Poster Presentation
An individual poster presentation (normally A2), based on an investigation of an aspect of economic geology. Equivalent to ~ 1000 words.