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Mining Geology 7.5 credits

Second cycle, O7022K
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
The purpose of the course is that the students should acquire an advanced understanding of the ore and mineral deposits' investigation and evaluation.
The student should be able to model the grade and tonnage of mineral deposits based on geological data in a 3D environment. The student should be able to explain how cut-off affects the size and grade of mineral resources and be able to use basic geostatistical methods for calculation of average content in drill cores and profiles based on grade, length and density data.

The student should be able to account for the difference in confidence level between inferred, indicated and measured mineral resources, as well as their distinction from mineral reserves. This includes the ability to explain how various modifying factors such as choice of mining methods, processing methods, metallurgical factors, environmental factors, social factors, legal factors and economic factors affect the feasibility of a mining project. The student should be able to critically analyze technical reports from mining and exploration projects with regard to how well they meet the requirements set by international industry standards for reporting mineral resources.

The student should be able to account for different strategies for grade control and mining mapping, and be able to choose methods based on the deposit geology and the mining method. The student should be able to collect geological information from mines to characterize ore boundaries and geological structures, and use this information to make estimates of dilution in active production environments. 

During the course, students work with various aspects in the value chain of mining projects and advanced exploration projects, from modelling mineral resources from geological data before mining, to the process of converting mineral resources to mineral reserves by applying modifying factors, to the mining geological methods used for further characterization and evaluation of deposits in connection with mining.

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The subject is presented in the form of class lectures by several lecturers. In-depth study of the subject takes place through individual student projects based on a literature study of technical reports from mining projects and advanced exploration projects, written presentation, and group discussions in seminar form.

Practical skills are trained through exercises in mineral resource estimation methodology on paper and in software, calculation of ore sections, mining mapping, grade control and delineation of ore contacts. The exercises will be partly linked to lectures performed in parallel.

Document management takes place in the learning platform CANVAS 

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.
Written exam is given with differentiated grades. Grading scale: 5 4 3 U. In order to pass the course, it is also required that the student complete and report practical assignments and individual project work, and get these improved by the examiner.

Reports that have not met the set quality requirements within one week after the end of the current reading period means that the grade has failed for the practical part. The practical part in its entirety may then be carried out at a future course opportunity, provided that vacant spots are available. 

This course is equivalent to the course O7011K

Nils Jansson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (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 scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 54.00MandatoryA16
0002Project workG U 3 4 52.50MandatoryA16
0003ExercisesU G#1.00MandatoryA16

Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 10 Feb 2016

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021