Courses & Units

Mineral Exploration KEA343




Why is exploration for mineral resources important? What are the drivers for exploration? What modern techniques do explorationists use to find ore bodies? The course draws on the expertise of scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES) and the Transforming the Mining Value Chain (TMVC) to address these questions. Students will become familiar with 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 from a world-class ore district. The aim is to assess the prospectivity of the district for a range of commodities and generate potential exploration targets.


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 Michael Roach
Available as student 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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • evaluate and describe mineralised and altered rocks to formulate models to guide exploration to highly prospective zones for several different ore types
  • organise and appraise a range of exploration techniques and cost benefits to develop exploration targets for a range of commodities
  • build and deliver a presentation and report for commodity prospectivity based on the integration of geoscientific and other datasets in a team environment
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010700 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures, 2x3-hr practicals weekly (13 wks)

AssessmentIn class quiz (10%)|Weekly practicals (23%)|Assignment (27%)|Final Exam (40%)
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