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ES5301   Mineral Exploration

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The purpose of this module is to learn basic concepts of mineral exploration that are used by the mineral exploration industry. The module is divided into three sections each focusing on different aspect of mineral exploration. Section 1 focuses on geochemical methods, section 2 on hyperspectral methods, and section 3 on geophysical methods. Each section discusses the theoretical background necessary to understand the different methods and introduces the different available analytical techniques, and highlights effective data acquisition. Finally, interpretation and application of datasets related to each method is conducted as practical exercises.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Student must have gained entrance to the MGeol or MSc Mineral Resources

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 lectures (x 11 weeks), 1 practical (x 2 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 31

Guided independent study hours: 121

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 50%, 2-hour Written Examination = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 15%
Coursework: 35%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, grade derived from Previous Coursework = 20%


Module coordinator: Dr J Cloutier
Module teaching staff: Dr J Cloutier, Dr R Bates