EAE3562 - Ore deposit geology - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrew Tomkins


Dr Andrew Tomkins

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Two of EAE2511, EAE2522, ESC2111 or ESC2122




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.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Recognise and describe different styles of mineralisation and associated alteration in rock specimens and thin sections.
  2. Describe the characteristic mineralogical, structural and host-rock features of a range of important mineral deposit types.
  3. Explain the current hypotheses for genesis of a range of mineral deposit types.
  4. Combine scientific data to form a hypothesis that can be used in mineral exploration for a range of ore deposit types.
  5. Combine scientific data to design and evaluate strategies to efficiently and economically extract ores from known mineral deposits.
  6. Work as a geologist in the minerals industry.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Examination (2 hours): 50% (Hurdle)

Practical Examination: 10%

Laboratory work/assignments/field excursions: 40%

Hurdle requirement: 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 48%, unless their aggregate mark is lower in which case that mark will be recorded

Workload requirements

  • One 2-hour workshop and
  • One 3-hour workshop per week and
  • One 1-day field excursion

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