Location: School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne, and
Fosterville area (VIC)


Dates: 14-18 March 2022

Times: 09:00-17:00 each day. 

This is a 5-day course of lectures, practical sessions and a field trip, devoted to the Geology of Gold. The course provides a broad coverage of gold geology and exploration, as well as some of the latest research ideas and how they apply to mineral exploration. The course is suitable for Honours and postgraduate students, and for geologists in the mineral industry with some exploration and mining experience. The course is also suitable for government geologists involved in field areas where gold potential exists and who are seeking to relate their work more closely to industry. 

The course covers all major types of gold deposits with emphasis on Archean greenstone and sedimentary rock hosted deposits. The course covers both conventional thinking on different deposit types, and novel ideas with their exploration implications. A two-day field trip ventures into the Victorian gold province and includes visits to the major Fosterville mine, Deborah Mine and a fieldwork exercise at Victoria Hill. Geochemistry, structural geology, regolith and deposit geology are covered at a level to enable participants to take their place comfortably in industry and government teams. An emphasis of the course is on a holistic approach that uses all applicable fields of geology to address the questions pertaining to gold.

The course opens from 8.30am for a 9.00am start on Monday 14th March with the field trip leaving from the university on Wednesday 16th March with a late return on Thursday evening. Lectures resume on campus on Friday 18th of March.

Note: The main entry doors to the Earth Science Building are located one level above the road and are accessed via the stairs or ramp from Elgin Street, or from the bridge across Swanston Street.

We acknowledge the sponsorship from AIG, Kirkland Gold and AusIMM. Students do not pay a fee this year.  Industry participants pay $1000.

To make the payment for this course, please click here.

Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/2022/subjects/geol90052

Pre-readings for the course are available and all course participants are expected to have read the pre-reading material prior to the start of the course.

Contact: Prof Dave Phillips: dphillip@unimelb.edu.au

Teacher: Prof David Phillips 

Dates, Times and Schedule:

Teaching: Monday, 04 - 08 April, 20229:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, 6 contact hours per day. The subject will be delivered on campus of the University of Melbourne, School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (McCoy Bld.)

Final Assessment: in the week starting on 18 April.

Host: The University of Melbourne.

Course Details: This advanced ore deposit geology and geochemistry short course is designed for fourth year Honours/MSc students in economic geology/geochemistry as well as industry geologists who wish to be exposed to new concepts of magmatic ore genesis. The course will provide an overview of the geology of major Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulphide deposits, PGE deposits, and diamond deposits with an emphasis on the processes controlling their genesis and how this information can be applied in exploration. The course will also introduce some of the theoretical concepts involved in ore formation such as the factors controlling sulphur solubility in mafic magmas and the roles of partial melting and crustal contamination in the genesis of Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulfide deposits. Lectures will present the physical and chemical characteristics of some of the major magmatic ore deposits including komatiite-associated Ni deposits (Kambalda), basalt-associated Cu-Ni-Co-(PGE) deposits (Norilsk-Talnakh/Voiseys Bay), astrobleme-associated Ni-Cu-PGE deposits (Sudbury), Merensky Reef-type PGE deposits in layered intrusions (Bushveld, Stillwater), and diamondiferous kimberlites and lamproites. Practical exercises will consist of examination of suites of samples from major ore camps in both hand specimen and in thin section as well as computer exercises.  Students will be divided into groups on Monday and assigned an exploration exercise that the groups will on Friday.

Further information can be found on the University of Melbourne handbook entry (https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/geol90038).

Lecturer: Reid Keays (reid.keays@monash.edu)


Practical work - 40%

Exploration exercise

  • Group mark - 10%
  • Individual mark - 10%

Multiple choice exam - 40%

What You Need To Bring: Hand lens and pencil magnet.

Cost: $500 for industry participants.

This online course covers the identification of target minerals, its exploration, sampling methods, methods of estimating tonnage and grades and reporting of resources and reserves. This unit also covers the financial evaluation of mining projects.

When / Where
Semester 1 2022, online course offered by Federation University

Assignment 1: Risk analysis of 1250 words (or equivalent) due four weeks after the end of the teaching period, 50% of final mark.
Assignment 2: Answers to a set of questions of 1250 words (or equivalent) due four weeks after the end of the teaching period, 50% of final mark.

Lecturer / Contact: 
Dr. Manoj Khandelwal, m.khandelwal@federation.edu.au

Dates: Semester 2 2022

Contact: Dr Manoj Khandelwal , m.khandelwal@federation.edu.au

Location: Online only 

The unit is designed to give a basis for understanding the various elements that make up the mine environment, and how to control and regulate it to achieve a safe, healthy and comfortable workplace conducive to performance and efficiency. 

  • Determine the size of the occupational health and safety problem.
  • Find the specialist definitions of key terms in occupational health and safety.
  • Appreciate the history of occupational health and safety.
  • Determine how the legal system deals with occupational health and safety problems.
  • Examine risk management models.
  • Understand consultative mechanisms.
  • Compare and contrast occupational health and safety auditing tools.
  • Understand the effects of specific hazards on the human body. Skills
  • Build models for the management of occupational health and safety problems.
  • Tackle health and safety problems at their source.
  • Use the hierarchy of hazard controls to control hazards.
  • Apply management system concepts to occupational health and safety case studies.
  • Develop occupational health and safety policies.
  • Determine assessment methods for specific hazards.
  • Prepare a plan for hazard control. Values
  • Appreciate that social problems have an historical and legal context.
  • Prefer the "safe-place” over the "safe-person” approach to control hazards.
  • Value workplace consultation. Content: Legislation
  • General framework
  • Health & safety legislation
  • Mines regulations Occupational Health & Safety
  • History and philosophy
  • Types of accidents and injuries
  • Hazard management
  • Manual handling
  • Human factors 
  • Entry into confined spaces
  • Control strategies Mine Environmental Engineering
  • Atmospheric contaminants and their control
  • (Dusts, gasesradiation, heat and humidity, noise)
  • Mine illumination Emergency Situations
  • Outbursts and explosions
  • Mine fires
  • Mine rescue

Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/geol90033


This course will not be offered in 2022!

Understanding of rock types, textures, geochemical and alteration signatures within the context of an ore deposit model is a key skill for any geologist planning a career in either minerals exploration or economic geology research. Development of the underpinning ore deposit model requires integration of multilayer datasets, generated at a range of scales (both spatial and temporal), using a variety of techniques. Also required is a keen understanding of diverse but interrelated ore forming processes: e.g. magmatism, basin evolution, hydrology, permeability-porosity generation and evolution.

This course is led by a group of world-leading researchers, providing an overview of the key features of several major classes of economically important mineral deposits, VHMS, porphyry Cu-Mo-Au, epithermal Au, skarn, IOCG, SEDEX, sediment-hosted stratiform Cu, sediment-hosted and orogenic Au. Each deposit style will be discussed in terms of geological and tectonic framework, mineralisation, alteration, genetic models and exploration criteria. Lectures covering each deposit type will be complemented with exercises or practical classes which examine sample sets of typical ores, host rocks, and geochemical signatures.

The course is classroom-based, run over five days (9.00am to ~6.00pm) from Monday 10th May until Friday 14th May 2021. It will be held at the Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits (CODES), University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay campus in Hobart.

Industry participants may choose to attend on a daily basis, but must confirm which days they plan to attend with Angela Escolme.

Minimum enrollments: 10; Max 20

Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/geol90044

Teacher: Angela Escolme, angela.escolme@utas.edu.au

Hosted by: University of Tasmania

Dates: 30th of May - 03th June 2022

Venue: Codes Conference Room, Geo353; Geology/Geography Building, Sandy Bay Campus; Course starts at 9 am 

The course is intended for Honours students and other Post-Graduate students with an interest in the formation and evolution of basic and ultrabasic magmas . For those interested in magmatic ore deposits, it is recommended that this course is taken in conjunction with the "Igneous Geodynamics and Magmatic Ore Deposits” course taught at the University of Melbourne.

The first two days cover key theoretical aspects of petrology including units of concentration, solid solutions and mineral formulas, activities and equilibrium, the phase rule, mass balance, phase diagrams, equilibrium/fractional crystallisation.

The third day includes an example of a large layered intrusion (Dovyren Magmatic Complex, Siberia), followed by: the effects of pressure and H2O on melting and crystallisation; causes of melting and crystallisation; and an introduction to the concept of distribution coefficients for trace elements.

Day four covers trace elements in main rock-forming minerals, modelling of crystallisation process, several aspects of petrogenesis and mineral chemistry of MORBs and subduction-related lavas. 

Day five will introduce studies of melt inclusions and present examples from subduction-related lavas and komatiites.

Each day will consist of 3 lectures (~1 hour each), each followed by 1-hour practicals on the subject of the preceeding lecture. Each practical will be assessed, and an average of three daily practicals will be given as a mark for each day. The mark for the course is the average of the five daily marks.

The course is held in Hobart at the University of Tasmania. Directions on how to find the venue will be provided to the enrolled students.


A second or third year level course in igneous petrology and geochemistry is strongly recommended


Wilson: Igneous Petrogenesis: A Global-Tectonic Approach. Springer, 1989

Cox, Bell and Pankhurst: The interpretation of igneous rocks. Allen & Unwin, 1979.(Detailed explanations of phase diagrams and chemical fractionation)

Deer, Howie and Zussman: An introduction to the rock-forming minerals: Longman Scientific & Technical, 1992. (Excellent for detailed information on the crystal optics, and chemical compositional variations in all mineral groups).

Winter: An introduction to igneous and metamorphic petrology. Prentice Hall, 2001

Best: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 2nd Edition, Blackwell Publishing, 2003

Philpotts and Ague: Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, 2nd Edition.  Cambridge, 2009

Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/geol90034