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Unit Overview


This unit is very practical and focuses on linking analysis of tectonic structures, fluid flow and alteration to mineral deposit systems using drill core and outcrop up to regional scale. The unit covers a conceptual framework for structural control on mineral deposits, practical structural analysis (faults and folds), application of understanding of structure and tectonic setting to exploration targeting, application of process modelling of structures, fluids and mineralisation. Case studies from world class mineral systems include gold and nickel systems, porphyry copper/epithermal gold systems and coal.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours option in Earth Science [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the importance and role of tectonic structures in the formation and modification of ore deposits as well as an understanding of how to apply structural geology within a targeting exercise; (2) solve practical problems in structural analysis at a variety of scales of relevance to mineral systems and exploration targeting; and (3) demonstrate understanding of the tools available and the workflow required to apply structural geology to mineral exploration.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises undertaken during laboratory sessions; (2) practical exercises; quiz; and (3) a major report or presentation. 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)
Dr Nicolas Thebaud
Unit rules
Enrolment in
or 72550 Master of Geoscience
Advisable prior study
GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems
and EART3343 Structural Geology and Tectonics or equivalent
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field Trip (estimated cost - $600).
Contact hours
Lectures and practical work. There may be a field trip of up to 5 days to regional Western Australia.
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