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Igneous Geodynamics and Ore Deposits (GEOL90038)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOL90038
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The course will provide an overview of the geology of major Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulphide deposits, PGE deposits, and diamond deposits with an emphasis on the processes controlling their genesis and how this information can be applied in exploration. The course will also introduce some of the theoretical concepts involved in ore formation such as the factors controlling sulphur solubility in mafic magmas and the roles of partial melting and crustal contamination in the genesis of Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulfide deposits.

Intended learning outcomes

  • This subject aims to equip students with discipline-specific knowledge and expertise appropriate for post-graduate research in the field;
  • equip students with discipline-specific knowledge and expertise enabling them to take their place as professional geologists in industry or government organisations;
  • employ geochemical and/or geochronological data to determine the relationships between magmatism, metamorphism, deformation and sedimentation;
  • understand the theoretical concepts of ore formation and the role of magmas;
  • to interpret and analyse samples to link theoretical concepts to exploration.

Generic skills

  • Exercise critical judgement;
  • undertake rigorous and independent thinking;
  • adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks;
  • develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills;
  • interrogate, synthesise and interpret the published literature;
  • work as part of a team.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Knowledge of third-year geology strongly recommended

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • A group exercise and seminar equivalent to 500 words, due Day 5 (20%)
  • Four equally weighted practical exercises collectively equivalent to 1000 words, due Days 1-4 (40%)
  • 1 hour multiple choice exam, held on Day 5 (40%)

Dates & times

  • April
    Principal coordinatorKevin Walsh
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours16 hours of lectures and 18 hours of practicals
    Total time commitment85 hours
    Pre teaching start date16 April 2018
    Pre teaching requirementsPre-reading to be completed in pre-teaching period.
    Teaching period30 April 2018 to 4 May 2018
    Last self-enrol date18 April 2018
    Census date30 April 2018
    Last date to withdraw without fail 1 May 2018
    Assessment period ends 4 May 2018

    April contact information

Time commitment details

85 hours

Additional delivery details

This subject is taught through the Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences: https://vieps.earthsci.unimelb.edu.au/.

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Reading expected to be completed in the pre-teaching period.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

Last updated: 29 March 2019