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Fundamentals of Economic Geology KEA716



This unit teaches the fundamental skills needed by all economic geologists. Concepts of key geological concepts, mineralogy, paragenesis, geochemistry and geophysical characteristics of ore-forming environments, and the impact of these data sets of ore genesis and exploration are taught. The unit focusses on identifying and using key tools to recognise the sequence of events that have impacted ore-forming environments, and how these tools can be best used in an exploration context to solve exploration, mineral processing and environmental problems. The unit volume of learning consists of approximately 150 hours of assessment-related tasks and around 100 hours of face-to-face and online teaching.


Unit name Fundamentals of Economic Geology
Unit code KEA716
Credit points 25
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline CODES ARC
Coordinator Doctor Robert Scott
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 11 Week Session Apr Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
11 Week Session Apr 4/4/2022 19/4/2022 12/5/2022 19/6/2022

* 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. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Assess the exploration and ore genesis implications of geological, geochemical and geophysical anomalies in different ore-forming environments.
  • Determine the relative timing of two minerals in contact (e.g. do they form part of a stable "mineral assemblage", or does one partly replace the other?)
  • Interpret the sequence of events that have affected rocks in ore-forming environments.
  • Interpret mineral assemblages in terms of the temperature, pressure, pH and/or redox conditions under which they formed
  • Select appropriate combinations of research tools and methodologies to determine timing relationships between geological features in mineralized environments
  • Communicate research findings to an audience of industry or academic peers
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010703 $2,005.00 $2,005.00 not applicable $4,708.00
  • 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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AssessmentAssignment (50%)|Field Notes/Report (10%)|Assignment (20%)|Literature review (10%)|Discussion posts (online) (10%)
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