EAE4063 - Mineral exploration simulation - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Peter Betts


Dr Robin Armit
Professor Peter Betts

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Enrolment in the Master of Science


EAE5063Not offered in 2019


The unit aims to provide post-graduate students with a work-integrated learning experience that simulates an exploration program for mineral commodities. The unit will be taught as a group project, with students working in teams of 3 to 4 within their own level. The project will require identification of a target commodity based geological and geophysical information, justification of the target selection including a literature review, acquisition and synthesis of the appropriate geological, geochemical, and geophysical data, interpretation of the data, developing of an exploration targeting strategy, and an economic analysis of the program. Projects will be designed to prepare students for comparable experiences in the workplace. Students will develop skills in data synthesis and analysis, geological interpretation, critical and lateral thinking using diverse geoscientific data.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Students will develop the ability to work in a team environment to achieve project objectives;
  2. Students will develop their oral presentation skills that enable them to express the concepts they develop, the data required to test the concept, and the outcomes and interpretations of the simulated exploration program;
  3. Students will construct a geoscientific report outlining the objectives, methodology, data required and the outcomes and interpretations of the simulated exploration program;
  4. Students will gain an ability to integrate multiple large datasets to synthesise and interpret geological information.


Presentation: 10%

Geochemical and geophysical data collection design: 20%

Drilling program design: 20%

Final group report and group presentation: 50%

Workload requirements

The project requires a workload commitment of 144 hours over the semester

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Masters of Science (Earth Science)