Exploration 7.5 Credits

Second cycle, O7018K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2017 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 19 Feb 2010

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 08 Feb 2017

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Ore Geology
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography

Entry requirements

90 credits in geoscience.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The course concerns different aspects of exploration and when passed the student is expected to have:
-knowledge about different exploration methods and their use during an exploration program.
-knowledge about drilling methods and sampling.
-knowledge about methods for mapping and sampling in field.
-passing acquaintance with legislations and regulations related to exploration.
-closer acquaintance with strategy in the choice of target.
-passing acquaintance with commodity prices and market mechanisms.
-passing acquaintance about software used in exploration


Commodity prices and market mechanisms. Exploration strategy. Geological, geophysical and geochemical exploration methods. Diamond drilling programs and other types of drilling. Logging and assaying. Sampling in field. Mining laws


Lectures, practicals with drill core logging, field mapping and sampling. Project work.

Written and oral presentation of project work. Written examination at the end of the course.
Students who have failed an examination on five occasions will not be allowed further resits.

The course is given at an advanced level and is included in the Civil engineering programme Naturresursteknik and in the Mastersprogramme Exploration and Environmental Geosciences.

Transition terms
The course is new but it is partly comparable to O7011K  Mining Geology.

Olof Martinsson

Literature. Valid from Spring 2011 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Evans, Whateley & Moon. Introduction to Mineral Exploration. Blackwell, 2006.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

0005Written exam4.5G U 3 4 5
0006Exercises1.0U G#
0007Project work2.0G U 3 4 5