Location: University of Melbourne/Field

Venue on campus: 2nd Floor Conference Room, McCoy Building

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/or 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 local explorers.

The course covers all major types of gold deposits with emphasis on Archaean deposits of Western Australia and slate-belt deposits of the Victorian gold province. The course outlines both conventional thinking on different deposit types, and novel ideas with their exploration implications. An overnight field trip gives insight into the Victorian gold province. Geochemistry, structural geology, regolith and deposit geology are covered at a level to enable participants to take their place in industry and government teams and make a contribution in all of these areas. An emphasis of the course is on a holistic approach that uses all applicable fields of geology to address issues pertaining to gold.

This course is held at The University of Melbourne (Parkville campus), in the McCoy Building in the 2nd floor Conference Room (near the lift doors).  The course starts promptly at 8.30am on Monday 13th March with the field trip leaving from the university on Tuesday 14th March (early) for an overnight stay in Bendigo, returning to Melbourne around 6pm on Wednesday 15th March, and back on campus on Thursday 16th March and Friday 17th March.

Note: The main entry doors to the McCoy building are located one level up on the 2nd floor and are accessed via the stairs or ramp from Elgin Street, or from the main Parkville campus via the bridge across Swanston Street.

Payment is required for this course.

Costs are as follows: Student members $350, student non-members $500 and Industry participants $900.

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Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2017/GEOL90029

Location: University of Melbourne:
Venue: 2nd Floor Conference Room, McCoy Building

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.

This course is held at The University of Melbourne (Parkville campus), in the McCoy Building in the 2nd floor Conference Room (near the lift doors).  The course starts promptly at 9:00 AM on Monday 5th June and finishes on Friday, June 9th at ~4:00 PM.

Note: The main entry doors to the McCoy building are located one level up on the 2nd floor and are accessed via the stairs or ramp from Elgin Street, or from the main Parkville campus via the bridge across Swanston Street.

Suggested reading material will be distributed prior to the commencement of the course.

Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2017/GEOL90038

Please contact the course provider Professor Reid Keays if you require further information.  <reid.keays@monash.edu>.

Location: Federation University (Mount Helen Campus, near Ballarat)

Venue: TBA

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, gases, radiation, 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/view/2017/GEOL90033

Location: University of Tasmania

Venue: The Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits

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 22th May until Friday 26th May 2017. 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 David Selley.

Minimum enrolments: 10; Max 20

Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2017/GEOL90044