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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SOEE2960 Resources from Rocks and Minerals

10 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Robert Chapman
Email: r.j.chapman@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 1 of registered programme

Module replaces

SOEE2085

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The industrial minerals, exploration and mining sectors are important employment avenues for our graduates, and are set to become increasingly as society pursues a low carbon future. Students will be introduced the scientific and economic drivers of the global industrial framework and provided with both the scientific background and `soft skills' to enhance employability. The module will place the processes of aggregate and ore formation in the context of wider geological processes and, where appropriate, current research activities, whilst also addressing subjects generic to the applied geosciences such as chemical and mineralogical characterization of geological materials andrecording borehole data.

Objectives

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the aggregates industry in the UK.
2. Apply standard identification methods and analytical techniques to characterise mineralized material
3. Predict likely settings of specific types of mineralization on the basis of local and regional geology and wider geological processes.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the general technical and social challenges facing global supply of metals necessary for a transition to a low carbon future, exploration, mining and remediation.

Learning outcomes
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the aggregates industry.
2. Apply standard identification methods and analytical techniques to characterise mineralized material
3. Predict likely settings of specific types of mineralization on the basis of local and regional geology and wider geological processes.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the general technical and social challenges facing global supply of metals necessary for a transition to a low carbon future, exploration, mining and remediation.

Skills outcomes
Employability.


Syllabus

1. The aggregates industry.
2. The global exploration industry and graduate employability.
3. Mineralogical and chemical analysis of mineralized materials.
4. Geological processes and their link to concentrating metals in the crust.
5. Hydrothermal processes and metal transport, source, transport and trap.
6. Changing demand for metals associated with transition to a low carbon future and implications for the resource industry.
7. Exploration methods: design of exploration programs and interpretation of data.
8. The full exploitation cycle- exploration, social licence- mining, mineral processing and remediation.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Fieldwork18.008.00
Group learning42.008.00
Lecture111.0011.00
Practical52.0010.00
Private study hours63.00
Total Contact hours37.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will be expected to invest time over and above class time to gain the appropriate level of mineral recognition skills.
The production of the group poster(s) will require collaborative work outside timetabled sessions

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback from group formative work.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Poster PresentationPoster Presentation20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Resit for this module will comprise a single mark from a dedicated resit open book examination. The group poster will not form part of the resit.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam1 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Resits for this module will comprise a single mark from a dedicated resit examination. The group poster will not form part of the resit.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:46:34

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