Courses & Units

Mineral Exploration KEA343




The unit provides geoscience skills to help discover the resources for our everyday needs. Most things we use in everyday life require resources. Think mobile phone, cars, fridges, cutlery, crockery and glassware to name a few. Resources represent the concentration of elements into small domains within the Earth. It is a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. Fortunately, the concentration processes often leave broad footprints. How minerals concentrate into resources and how to recognise their halos has been the focus of specialised research at the University of Tasmania for over 25 years. Our experts teach into this unit which encompasses modern mineral exploration techniques and applying them to particular ore deposit types. An emphasis is placed on the integration of a range of geological, geochemical and geophysical data sets to define targets for ore discovery. Practical experience is guided through a number of mineral exploration exercises culminating in a real-world-data exploration targeting task.

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 desirable for Honours in General Geology, Environmental Geology, Marine Geoscience and Geophysics.


Unit name Mineral Exploration
Unit code KEA343
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Assoc. Prof Shaun Barker

Teaching staff

Prof David Cooke, Dr Robert Scott, Dr Jeff Steadman, Dr Ivan Belousov and Dr Angela Escolme

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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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, 2x3-hr practicals weekly (13 wks)


Assignments and practical assessments throughout Semester 2 (60%), theory exam in November (40%)

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