GB8402 - Advanced Process Mineralogy


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2024/2025

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 D

Course content

The target group for this course is students that, as part of their PhD work, will meet the need for process mineralogical investigations of mineral raw materials. The course deals with process mineralogy and the most important techniques within the discipline. The course aims to provide students with experience in process mineralogy as a tool for evaluating a mineral raw material's (ores and industrial minerals) suitability for further processing and ore dressing, as well as describing the content of valuable and harmful minerals. The main teaching environment will be self-tuition and study groups. Emphasis will be on practical work with material relevant for the students PhD work, as case study. Hence, it is a requirement that the students have samples from their own PhD work that can be used as case material.

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE: The student will have knowledge about:

  • Materials properties.
  • Relations between materials properties and processes.
  • Analytical methods used in mineral investigations.

SKILLS: The student will be able to:

  • Perform mineral investigations using microscope on different levels.
  • Perform quality assessments of mineral raw materials using chemical data.
  • Evaluate mineral production data.
  • Assess production quality based on mineralogical investigations.

GENERAL COMPETENCE: After fulfilling the course, the student should be able to perform advanced process mineralogical investigations of ore or industrial mineral deposits. This includes that the student should be able to:

  • Explain and apply the most important quality parameters underlying the process mineralogical assessment of mineral raw materials, including mineral chemistry, mineralogy, mineral texture and mineral liberation properties.
  • Explain the principles of the most important tools for process mineralogical investigations, including polarized light microscopy, SEM based automated mineralogy, EPMA and XRD.
  • Use polarized light microscopy and SEM based automated mineralogy as a tool for mineralogical investigation of mineral raw materials.
  • Use mineral chemical, mineralogical and textural data for quality assessment of a mineral raw material.

It is also expected that students after fulfilling this course will be able to set up and plan a process mineralogical investigation of a given mineral raw material.

Learning methods and activities

Self-tuition, study groups, project work and practical laboratory exercises. Oral exam counts for 100 per cent of the grade. Compulsory activity (project report) must be approved before the oral exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Report

Further on evaluation

To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

It is a prerequisite that the student have experience with using using polarized light microscopy for identification of minerals equivalent to TGB4125 Mineralogy or TGB4126 Mineralogy, Basic Course (transparent light) and TGB4115 Mineral Deposit Geology (reflected light).

Course materials

Selected books and papers. Handouts.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Processing of raw materials
  • Process Mineralogy
  • Mineral Raw Materials
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Geology of Mineral Deposits
  • Mineral Processing
  • Mining Engineering
  • Ore Geology
  • Resource Geology
  • Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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