Mineralogy for Metallurgists (Previously: Process Mineralogy) - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (60%) , Invigilated Exam (40%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,430.00
International 2,680.00

This unit was previously known as EXM556 Mineralogy for Metallurgists (Previously: Process Mineralogy) .

This unit draws upon principles of structural and chemical crystallography, and phase chemistry to develop a systematic study of minerals and materials as an introduction to process mineralogy. The mineralogy of the principal ores is illustrated and discussed. Practical work provides opportunities to develop skills in the techniques of mineral identification and analysis, information access and communication.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of crystallography, crystal and mineral chemistry that underpins the study of minerals, metals and ceramics by describing and classifying crystal forms and symmetry; explaining chemical and structural variation in minerals
  2. describe structures of common metals, oxide and sulfide minerals
  3. source and apply information on the physical properties, chemical composition and structures of the principal ore mineral groups to solve problems encountered in processing minerals
  4. identify and characterise 30 selected ore and gangue minerals using hand-specimen and reflected light techniques, and correct interpretation of SEM images (including image analysis), x-ray analysis and microprobe data
  5. demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the main ore deposit types (including gold, copper, lead, zinc, iron, titanium, chrome and uranium), especially those aspects that impact upon mineral processing
  6. evaluate mineralogical problems encountered in mineral processing, design strategies for their resolution and select appropriate techniques to be applied
  7. demonstrate in assignments and other work that they are developing skills in communication, information access and analysis, and independent learning.
  • Assignments (60%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EXM556 — Mineralogy for Metallurgists (Previously: Process Mineralogy)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Basic principles of mineralogy
2Crystal chemistry
3The ore minerals - native metals, sulfides and oxides
4Mineralogical analysis: xray diffraction
5Mineralogical analysis: electron and ion beam methods
6Image analysis
7Ore deposits - oxide and supergene ores
8Mineralogy and ore deposits of gold
9Chromite ores, mineralogy and ore deposits of Pb-Zn-Cu
10PGE ores, mineralogy and ore deposits of Pb-Zn-Cu
11Copper ores, Fe-Ti-V ores
12Mineralogy and ore deposits of uranium

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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