Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Tomkins


This subject is an introduction to classification, distribution and characteristics of metalliferous ore deposits. An understanding of ore deposit genesis is developed via an Earth Systems approach. The tectonic settings of ore deposits are considered within the context of the plate tectonic paradigm, and global metallogenic events throughout Earth's history. This includes a brief introduction to the minerals industry, including mining and exploration practices. Practical classes will examine sample sets from around the world and focus on developing and understanding of ore deposit genesis, and on developing skills suitable for the minerals industry. Fieldwork consists of an excursion to examine the ore deposits of Victoria.


This unit aims to provide an introduction to the study and interpretation of metallic ore deposits, their mineralogy, textures, structural history, environments of formation and geochemistry involved in their genesis; expose the student to a wide range of ore deposit styles in the laboratory for both hand specimen and petrographic study; develop scientific understanding and methodologies for effective mineral exploration in Australia and abroad.


Examination (3 hours): 50%
Practical Examination: 10%
Laboratory work/assignments/field excursions: 40%

Students must pass the theory examination to achieve an overall pass grade. Students who do not pass the theory examination will receive a mark of 45%, unless their aggregate mark is lower in which case that mark will be recorded.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrew Tomkins

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week, and one 1-day field excursion


ESC2111 and ESC2122