Courses & Units

Mineral Exploration KEA343

There is a compulsory excursion before the start of semester. Students are expected to contribute towards excursion accommodation costs.


Why is exploration for mineral resources important? What are the drivers for exploration? What modern techniques do explorationists use to find ore bodies? This unit draws on the expertise of scientists from the Discipline of Earth Sciences and Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences (CODES) to address these questions. Students will learn about the latest techniques used for ore deposit targeting combined with current scientific models of hydrothermal ore genesis in a range of environments. Emphasis is placed on the integration of a range of geological, geochemical and geophysical datasets. Practical mineral exploration exercises are provided to reinforce lectures from a wide range of ore deposit types and localities. There is an opportunity to work on real-world data sets to make exploration decisions. This unit is one of six 300-level units (minimum four completed) in the Earth Science major and is highly recommended for students who intend to become professional geoscientists.


Unit name Mineral Exploration
Unit code KEA343
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Lejun Zhang
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe, map and interpret mineralised and altered rocks to formulate exploration models for a range of ore deposit types
  • Assess the technical and financial viability of different exploration techniques for particular ore deposit types and geographic settings
  • Evaluate commodity prospectivity by integrating geophysical, geochemical and other geoscientific datasets
  • Identify and apply sustainable, ethical and safe methods of mineral exploration guided by regulatory and professional frameworks
  • Communicate the findings of scientific investigations to professional audiences
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010700 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures (online, pre-recorded)

1 x 1 hr seminar (in-person and online) with invited speaker

2 x 3-hr practicals weekly (13 wks)

2 day fieldtrip to northern Tasmania (pre-semester 2)

AssessmentGIS modelling and prospectivity analysis assignments (20%)|Weekly practicals (20%)|Exploration prospect report (30%)|Final Exam (30%)
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