Courses & Units

Environmental Geology KEA348



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This unit focuses on geoenvironmental issues that relate to how human activities can affect geological materials, and problems that can arise from such interactions. This unit strongly focusses on i) the environmental impacts of mining and associated management challenges; and ii) geophysical characterisation of inorganic and organic contaminants (in a hydrogeology context) and explores related remediation strategies. This course will also introduce geometallurgy and highlight the importance of adopting a predictive approach to resource development, mineral processing and metal extraction using mineralogy.


Unit name Environmental Geology
Unit code KEA348
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Clare Miller
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Advanced


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 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

  • identify how major acid-forming minerals (i.e., sulfides) can react under surficial conditions and how this can cause geoenvironmental problems associated with mine waste disposal facilities.
  • understand which remediation options are commonly used and gain knowledge on new remediation technologies that are available for mine impacted environments with a focus on circular economy and sustainable mining principles.
  • design and implement predictive geoenvironmental assessments focussed on minimising the impacts of future mine waste using a range of geochemical and mineralogical tools and geometallurgical datasets.
  • evaluate surface and groundwater contamination issues using a combination of geochemical and geophysical techniques.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050999 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable

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Teaching Pattern

2x1-hr lectures, 3-hr practical weekly (13 wks), 3 days field work

AssessmentLaboratory/practical (15%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (60%)
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