TGB4115 - Mineral Deposit Geology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 10/100
work 15/100
Written examination 75/100 4 hours D

Course content

This course aims at providing an overview of the main types of metallic and non-metallic mineral deposits, their geological environments, geochemistry, mineralogy, structural geology and genesis. It contains the following aspects: Distribution of economic mineral deposits with respect to their plate tectonic setting, lithological-stratigraphical environments, mineralogy, geochemistry, morphology and structural features. Mandatory laboratory classes in reflected light microscopy and mandatory 6 day field course in Cornwall, UK are included in the course

Learning outcome

This course will provide basic insights into the genesis of economic mineral deposits that are imperative for modern sustainable societies.

- The student will be capable to understand when and how a geological process proceeds to the formation of a common economic mineral deposit where either the minerals or the elements that comprise the minerals may have an economic potential.

- The student will be able to read and understand professional publications that are addressing economic mineral deposits.

General competence:
- The student has a general knowledge about the geological setting of economic mineral deposits hence know where, generally to look for them and has the basic knowledge to participate in ore-geological project groups in developing or mining a mineral deposit, prospecting for ore-deposits or studying for a Master of Science in mineral deposit geology.

Learning methods and activities

Classes, laboratory exercises, and compulsory field work. Exercise reports and possible written literature reports are to be submitted. Field journal written as part of the field course comprise 15% of the final grade. If required, lectures are in English. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Further on evaluation

The final grade in the course is made up from three separate parts: Compulsory microscopy exercise (10 %), field journal written as part of the compulsory field course (15%) and a final written exam (75%). All assessments must receive a passing grade for the student to pass the course. The examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral examination. Students who are re-taking the course will have to complete and pass the microscopy exercise and the final exam.

Required previous knowledge

TGB4125 Mineralogy.

Course materials

ppt-presentations with notes (available in Blackboard), Laurence R. Introduction to Ore-Forming Processes, Blackwell 2005.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIG0507 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 6

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Resource Geology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum



Examination arrangement: Written examination and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 10/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD work 15/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 75/100 D INSPERA
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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