EART3351 Mineral Resources

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of mineral resources. It examines the distribution, origins and characteristics of mineral systems (gold, base metals, iron ore, alumina, mineral sands and coal), methods of exploration for these resources, and issues related to mining and extraction. The unit also covers topics in mineral resource modelling includng geostatistics (variograms and kriging), wireframe modelling, block modelling, grade estimation and the JORC reporting code.
Students are able to (1) locate and critically evaluate sources of information; (2) demonstrate knowledge of the geological setting of the world's main mineral resources and characteristics of the mineral systems; (3) apply statistical and geostatistical methods to assess various aspects of mineral resources; and (4) demonstrate understanding of the basic techniques in mineral resource modelling.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assignments during semester and (2) final theory examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Steffen Hagemann
Unit rules
EART2231 Earth Materials
MINE4405 Mineral Resources
Contact hours
lectures: 4 hours per week; laboratories: 2 hours per week
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