CODES – Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences

Masters Short Courses

We offer a series of short courses as part of our Master of Economic Geology degree to help industry geologists to keep up with advances in mineral exploration technology and ore deposit research. The courses are supported by the Minerals Council of Australia through the Minerals Tertiary Education Council.

Each course features an extended format comprising an intensive program of lectures, seminars and practicals, some involving fieldwork in Tasmania or overseas. The course leaders are specialists selected from industry and universities, and are eminent in their fields. Each course is available to industry participants as a complete two-week course, or segments of particular interest can be taken in individual blocks.

Masters Courses Available

Ore Deposit Models and Exploration Strategies (KEA701/KEA712*)

next course 1st - 12th June 2020 (Repeated every even numbered year)

Ore Deposit Models and Exploration Strategies is an up-to-date synopsis of ore-deposit types and their characteristics. Important features which relate to their genesis and exploration will be discussed and exploration models will be presented for each style. Deposit styles covered include VHMS, Broken Hill Type, Proterozoic Cu-Au, Porphyry Cu-Mo-Au, Skarn Deposits, Sediment Hosted Massive Sulfides and Epithermal Au-Ag. The course is presented by Professor Ross Large and a team of Australian and international experts on each deposit style.

Course Leaders: Prof David Cooke, Assoc Prof. Shaun Barker, Dr Rob Scott

For More Details: Download most recent flyer (PDF 3.2MB)

Exploration in Brownfield Terrains (KEA705/KEA710*)

next course 19th - 30th October 2020 (repeated every even numbered year)

The compilation of large datasets that are common in areas of significant previous exploration can present a challenge for any geologist. This course is a lab-based unit that looks at exploration in and around minesites where there is often abundant data. This course will cover GIS applications, and the interpretation of geochemical and geophysical data at various scales. This information will be enhanced by practical exercises involving the integration of multiple datasets from world-class mineralised districts.

Course Leaders: Dr Rob Scott, Dr Matt Cracknell

Ores in Magmatic Arcs (KEA706/KEA707*)

next course (Indonesia) March, 2021 (repeated every odd numbered year)

Intensive two-week field-based unit taught entirely in either Indonesia or South America (Chile and Peru). Unit includes visits to world-class porphyry and epithermal deposits and (South America only) IOCG deposits. Unit includes studies of the regional and local geology for the various districts visited, along with detailed evaluations of ore deposit characteristics, mineralisation styles and genetic models. Exploration techniques for porphyry and epithermal deposits are discussed and current results are evaluated in terms of various genetic models.

Course Leaders: Prof. David Cooke (Indonesia; South America), Dr Lejun Zhang (Indonesia), Dr Mike Baker (South America)

For More Details (Indonesia): Download most recent flyer (PDF 2MB)

For More Details (South America): Download most recent flyer (PDF 1.1MB)

Geometallurgy (KEA702/KEA711*)

next course October, 2021 (repeated every odd numbered year)

Geometallurgy involves a quantified and comprehensive approach to ore characterization in terms of critical processing attributes: including blasting, crushing, grinding, liberation, recovery and environmental management. Key outcomes of improved geometallurgical knowledge are improved forecasting, reduced technical risk, enhanced economic optimization of mineral production, and improved sustainability.

The course introduces a range of techniques that will enhance the information that geologists produce in the mine environment that are relevant to mining engineers and metallurgists.

Course Leader: Dr Angela Escolme

For More Details: Download most recent flyer (PDF 3.9MB)

Volcanology and Mineralisation in Volcanic Terrains (KEA703/KEA708*)

next course March, 2022 (repeated every even numbered year)

This course provides an introduction to the processes and products of different eruption styles, contrasts in scale and structure of volcanoes, identification of key volcanic facies associations and interpretation of facies variations. Mineralisation and alteration processes related to hydrothermal systems in subaerial and submarine volcanic environments and implications for mineral exploration are included. This course is a field based unit with trips to the North Island of New Zealand to examine modern volcanic systems and a trip to the West Coast of Tasmania to examine the well mineralised and altered, Cambrian Mt Read Volcanics.

Course Leaders: Dr Martin Jutzeler, Prof David Cooke, Assoc Prof. Shaun Barker

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Ore Deposit Geochemistry, Hydrology and Geochronology (KEA704/KEA709*)

next course June 2021 (repeated every odd numbered year)

This course covers a variety of geochemical and geochronological techniques used to interpret environments of ore formation and processes of ore genesis, and discusses the implications of these datasets for mineral exploration. Topics include Ar-Ar, U-Pb and Re-Os geochronology, whole rock and trace element chemistry of igneous rocks, sulfide trace element chemistry, stable and radiogenic isotopes, fluid inclusions and hydrothermal geochemistry.

Course Leader: Assoc Prof. Shaun Barker

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* new unit codes to be used by UTAS students enrolled in S7W (students admitted after April 2014) and all cross-institutional students from 2015 onwards. S7R students should enrol using the original unit codes (KEA701 - KEA706).

More information on each course will be made available nearing its commencement date.

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