Studying online

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Unit Overview


Australia's wealth and quality of life of its population is underpinned by diverse mineral resources across the country. Important resources are found in all states and the successful National Minerals Geoscience Honours Program reflects the importance placed on graduate level study in key aspects of mineral deposits including their formation, location, exploration and production. This unit enables students to elect two short courses offered at any of the participating universities in the program. Elected units may provide additional conceptual and practical skills in areas relevant to a student's research project and/or skills that provide breadth in the understanding of mineral resources. These short courses aim to develop skills directly relevant to the minerals industry and increasing employment opportunities for graduates.

6 points

The learning outcomes of the unit depend on the short courses taken. Outcomes for all short courses can be obtained from



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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nicolas Thebaud
Unit rules
enrolment in
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BH004) in Geology
Contact hours
complete 2 of 8 block-taught short courses (25 contact hours each)
ongoing work due up to 10 weeks after the teaching blocks (total workload 150 hours)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.