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Unit Overview


This unit examines Earth's metallic ore deposits in terms of their diversity, geographic location, economic importance, and geological setting within the concept of mineralising systems. The character and origin of ore-bearing magmas and hydrothermal fluids are explored and ancient and modern examples of ore deposits are included. Ore deposits such as gold, copper, and iron deposits are discussed using a mineral system approach with emphasis on the metal sources, pathways and depositional site characteristics. Understanding of mineral systems is particularly important in Western Australia where mineral resources provide considerable employment opportunities.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Earth Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the temporal and spatial distribution and geological setting of major metal systems and their use in society; (2) describe and classify ore deposits; and (3) apply simple genetic models to explain mineral deposits within their broader geological setting.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory exercises; (2) ore petrology tests; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Steffen Hagemann
Unit rules
Enrolment in
72550 Master of Geoscience
or BH004 Bachelor of Science (Honours)
or HON-GEOGY Geology
Advisable prior study
EART3342 Geochemistry and Petrology or equivalent
and EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics or equivalent
Contact hours
workshops: 8 hours per week for 5 weeks. The total workload is 150 hours.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.