TGB4115 - Mineral Deposit Geology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam and report
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Report 25/100
Oral examination 75/100

Course content

During this course, the student will gain a comprehensive appreciation of the formation of the most important mineral-deposit forming processes in the world. Geological processes that are particularly important for the formation of mineral-deposits will be taught. The student will acquire a knowledge level sufficient for communicating the formation of important ore deposits to a third party.

Learning outcome

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

Knowledge: 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 economic potential.

Skills: - 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.  The course will offer the student hands-on experience with selected mineral-deposits in S-Norway or in Cornwall, UK. Finally, the student will be taught to identify important ore-forming phases by reflected light microscopy.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures are mandatory and the student is strongly encouraged to meet up online or in person. The lectures will normally be recorded. The course includes 6-8 double lab hours in reflected light microscopy of ore-forming phases and is ended with a microscopy test counting 20 % of the final grade.  The course also has a mandatory 5-6 days field course (normally Sun.-Fri.) either in Cornwall or in S-Norway.  The course requires the student to produce a field report counting 20 % of the final grade

Further on evaluation

The final exam is a written exam counting for 60% of the final grade. In the case of a re-sit examination of the exam, the written exam may be substituted by an oral examination.

During the course, the student will produce a field-report counting 20% of the final exam and a reflected light microscopy test counting 20% of the final grade.

In order to be eligible to receive a grade in the course, all assessments must receive a passing score. Students who have passed the course and would like to try to improve their grade will only re-take the written exam. Students who have failed the course but passed the group project and / or report will only re-take the written exam.

Required previous knowledge

TGB4125 Mineralogy or comparable course.

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
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

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: Oral exam and report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 75/100 2021-12-06
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Report 25/100
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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