GEOL305 Ore Deposit Geology

Updated: 13 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
26 June 2019 07 July 2019 Mandatory The school will be of twelve days' duration and includes two field excursions.
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 GEOL207 and GEOL209
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Nancy Vickery (
Unit Description

This unit builds upon knowledge gained in previous 200 level Geology units. The unit focusses on ore formation and economic and exploration aspects related to mineral deposits. Topics include magmatic crystallisation, late magmatic igneous hydrothermal activity, subvolcanic and volcanic activity, submarine exhalations, diagenesis, surficial processes and metamorphism. Other theoretical aspects include fluid geochemistry. Practical work includes laboratory work and field excursions to a variety of mineral deposits. Identification of ore minerals, textures and paragenesis of mineral deposits from around the world using transmitted and reflected light microscopy and petrographic analysis of hand samples and drill core is undertaken during the intensive school.

Prescribed Material


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

Economic Geology - 100th Anniversary Volume

ISBN: 9781887483018
Hedenquist, J.W., Thompson, J.F.H., Goldfarb, R.J. and Richards, J.P., Society of Economic Geologists 1st ed. 2005

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Online

Introduction to Ore-Forming Processes

ISBN: 9780632063789
Robb, L., Blackwell 2004

Text refers to: Trimester 2, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Literature Review 15% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3

Compulsory Practicum 55% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Theory Examination 30% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 4

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the alteration and mineralisation characteristics of the more economically important ore deposit types;
  2. identify and recognise the geological implications of ore textures, alteration and mineralization styles through practical and field excursion experience; and thereby demonstrate the ability to analyse, evaluate and apply information;
  3. demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of exploration methods and their complexities; and
  4. synthesize observational and other data and produce a geologic interpretation; this will demonstrate the student's ability to analyse, generate and transmit solutions to unpredictable and sometimes complex solutions.