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Unit Overview


This unit provides advanced training in ore deposit geology and the analysis of Precambrian mineral systems hosted in cratons, orogens and sedimentary basins, especially those in Western Australia. Examples include REEs, gold, iron ore and base metals. The objective of the unit is to develop knowledge of the key components and processes within mineral systems as well as strengthen practical skills in gathering and analysing geoscientific data using a mineral system approach. The unit emphasises practical work in the laboratory and in the field to advance students' industry-relevant technical skills and hence this unit is valuable for students seeking careers in the minerals industry and professional geoscientists seeking to advance their skills.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the components and key processes within mineral systems; (2) analyse geoscientific data and present summary interpretations in graphical and written forms; (3) collect and analyse field data to generate interpretations in graphical and/or written forms; and (4) integrate geoscientific datasets to solve industry-relevant problems in mineral exploration.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical laboratory and fieldwork exercises; (2) mineral system topic presentation; and (3) written reports. 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
70590 Master of Ore Deposit Geology
or 72550 Master of Geoscience
or 70630 Master of Science
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GEOS4411 Mineralising Systems
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 - $150/night).
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