Courses & Units

Economic Geology KEA341



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An advanced unit dealing with processes in ore genesis. Topics include: ore forming processes, especially hydrothermal alteration, and the formation of magmatic-hydrothermal and hydrothermal ore deposit types. Practical exercises are designed to give students a perspective of ore microscopy and hand sample techniques based on samples from a range of ore deposit types. Tutorials aim to assist learning by conducting exercises in a workshop environment that is (unless specified) not assessed. The emphasis in the course is on combining different types of map, textural and geochemical information to reach new robust conclusions about how a given ore deposit may have formed.

This unit is designed to bring students' knowledge of these topics up to graduate level, adequate for school teaching and for continuation into 4thyear (honours), which is now recognised as the minimum professional level of training. This course is required for undertaking Honours in Economic Geology and Environmental Geology, and desirable for Honours in General Geology, Marine Geoscience and Geophysics.


Unit name Economic Geology
Unit code KEA341
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Shaun Barker

Teaching staff

Robert Scott, David Cooke, Jeff Steadman, Lejun Zhang and Michael Baker

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010700

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures, 4 hrs practicals weekly (13 wks)


Assignments and practical assessments throughout the semester (40%), theory exam in June (60%)

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