GEOL207 Resource Geology and Environmental Issues

Updated: 21 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
01 September 2019 08 September 2019 Mandatory Both on campus and online students must attend the Mandatory Intensive School.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites GEOL120
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Nancy Vickery (
Unit Description

Unit evaluates the basic processes leading to the formation of ore deposits, ore mineralogy and hydrothermal alteration, environmental consequences of mining and mineral economics. Practical work involves study of ore minerals, hydrothermal alteration, representative mineral deposit sample suites, environmental consequences of resource extraction. Includes field excursions.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Introduction to Ore-Forming Processes

ISBN: 9780632063789
Robb, L., Blackwell 2004

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Manual of Mineral Science

ISBN: 9780471721574
Klein, C. and Dutrow, B., Wiley 23rd ed. 2007

Note: Any previous edition is also acceptable.

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assignment 1 20% 1500
Assessment Notes

Field Excursion Report

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Assignment 2 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Literature Review

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Practical Examination 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Based on practical knowledge gained during the intensive school (in the field and lab) and relies on some knowledge gained during lectures before the intensive school.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 30% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. explain basic concepts of ore formation for select ore deposit types;
  2. identify different styles of alteration and mineralisation from hand samples and from field context;
  3. explain the geologic plate tectonic context of the selected ore deposit types;
  4. express an understanding of the geologic processes which produced the mineralogical changes observed in different rocks;
  5. communicate their observations effectively via written reports and exams; and
  6. demonstrate cognitive skills to research information, identify and evaluate sources and use the information in critical and creative written report form.