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Exploration 7.5 credits

Second cycle, O7018K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Ore Geology
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography
Main field of study

Entry requirements

90 credits in geoscience.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After completing the course, the student should have knowledge and understanding of: 
- factors controlling metal prices and long-term trends in exploration and ore extraction.
- strategies for selecting target areas in exploration and the importance of local conditions. 
- geological, geophysical and geochemical exploration methods and how they are used at different stages of an exploration campaign. 
- different drilling methods, logging and sampling of drill cores and planning of drilling programs during exploration. 
- methods for mapping and sampling of outcrops in field. 
- preparation for field work and following-up work in exploration projects, laws and regulations related to exploration, evaluation and reporting of exploration results. 

The student should also be able to propose exploration methods for different types of ores based on given geological data and have knowledge of ongoing exploration projects in Sweden.

Commodity prices and market mechanisms. Exploration strategy. Geological, geophysical and geochemical exploration methods. Drilling methods and drilling programs. Logging of drill cores. Sampling and mapping methods. Laws and regulations. Ongoing exploration projects in Sweden and case stories.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Lectures presenting and explaining basic theory and practical applications including use of ore-related alterations, field mapping and sampling, and drill core logging. Oral presentation of a project work that includes identification of a target area for exploration, application for an exploration permit and planning of an exploration campaign.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Graded written exam and project work. Approved practical exercise with written report.

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 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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0006ExercisesU G#1.00MandatoryA12
0008Written examG U 3 4 55.00MandatoryA21
0009Project workG U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

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 17 Feb 2021