TGB4115 - Mineral Deposit Geology


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

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. The course will offer the student hands-on experience with selected mineral-deposits in S-Norway or in Cornwall, UK.

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. Finally, the student will be able to identify important ore-forming phases by reflected light microscopy.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory exercises and field course. The course includes 6-8 mandatory double lab hours in reflected light microscopy of ore-forming phases and is ended with a mandatory microscopy test. The course also has a mandatory 5-6 days field course (normally Sunday-Friday) either in Cornwall or in South Norway, after which the student has to submit a field report.

Compulsory assignments

  • Report
  • Microscopy test

Further on evaluation

The final exam is a written exam counting for 100% of the final grade. The examination papers are given in English only. The student's paper may be in Norwegian or English. In the case of a re-sit examination of the exam, the written exam may be substituted by an oral examination.

Required previous knowledge

TGB4125 Mineralogy, TGB4126 Mineralogy, Basic Course 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 2023

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: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 D 2023-12-15 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Storhall del 2 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 14
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 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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