Environmental Perspective on Rock and Metals 7.5 Credits

Miljöperspektiv på berg och metall
First cycle, Q0051B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2015 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established

Last revised
by Eva Gunneriusson 09 Feb 2015

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Rock Engineering and Mineral Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Mining and Mineral Technology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 1a/1b/1c (specifik entry A7). Or: Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics A (specifik entry 7)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
On completion of the course the student shall be able to: • Describe the fundamental properties of important minerals, rock types and metals • Describe the industrial applications of minerals, rock types and metals • Make simple suggestions regarding the use of minerals, rock types and metals, as well as the choice of material for specific applications and final products • In general terms, account for the principles of sustainable mining and usage of minerals and rock types, as well as recycling processes for the most common metals • Present an overview of the most common materials testing methods • Carry out an individual lab exercise with various mineral samples • Carry out a group project on steel samples • Carry out a group project on the use of  natural resources and recycling and present it orally and in writing • Search and retrieve information from libraries and the Internet

The course starts with a lecture series that presents and discusses in general terms the various minerals, rock types, metals and ceramics. Emphasis is placed on environmental and natural resource issues. The course continues with survey lectures on the enrichment and processing of rocks and minerals, and finally, steel and metal production. Lectures on fundamental geology, mineralogy, rock engineering and materials science are followed up by laboratory work. The content of the lectures will be tested through a written examination. A project task is to be solved in groups of 5-6 students. The task consists of literature study, problem solving, report writing and oral presentation. The topic of the task can vary, e.g. choice of materials in everyday products, industrial minerals or road construction. Mandatory field trips/study visits are part of the course.

Lectures, project work, laboratory experiments, field trips/study visits

Written examination 3 credits (U-3-4-5), project work 3 credits (U-3-4-5), laboratory experiment 1 credit (U-G), field trips and study visits 0,5 credit (U-G)

Rob Hellingwerf

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Enghag, P. (2009) Nyfiken på jorden?. Del 1, Den fasta grunden. 310 sidor. Liber. ISBN: 978-91-47-09391-5.

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

0001Written exam3.0G U 3 4 5
0002Project work3.0G U 3 4 5
0003Laboratory work1.0U G#
0004Study visit0.5U G#

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.