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EA5320 - Earth Resources, Exploration and Environment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

An outline of the distribution and abundance of Earth resources in the form of metalliferous ores, industrial minerals and fossil fuels. Description of major metalliferous ore types. Elements of resource evaluation, extraction and processing in the context of national and international environmental and socio-economic considerations. Introduction to mining and exploration methods as applied to metalliferous mineral deposits including remote sensing and GIS and geophysical and geochemical techniques. Introduction to surface and environmental processes and practices in the resource industries.

Learning Outcomes

  • to gain an understanding of the mechanisms by which mineral resources form;
  • develop an understandign and be able to undertake basic exploration for mineral deposits;
  • develop an understanding of the nature, challenges and ways of evaluating and exploiting mineral resources, and related environmental issues;
  • to gain an informed perspective of global natural resources, Australia's and Queensland's resource based economics and the socio-economic impacts.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (15%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (10%) - Group & Individual
  • Written > Tutorial task - (35%) - Group & Individual.
Basic geological knowledge equivalent to first year level
EA2500 EA2510 EA3910


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Ioan Sanislav
Lecturer: Professor Paul Dirks.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.