GEOL40630 Team-based modelling II

Academic Year 2023/2024

In this module, students work in teams on a competitive exercise involving the appraisal of the potential of an area for having mineral deposits. Teams will be supplied with regional geological map, regional geophysical data (magnetic, gravity and one seismic line), and a budget for acquiring detailed geophysical data. The teams will need to rank the areas with higher potential for new mineral deposits and plan drill holes to test their ideas. Students will construct a 3D model based on the geophysical data and drilling results and present their finds in a poster format to an external industry panel and documenting their work and the outcomes in a technical memo.

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Learning Outcomes:

As well as providing experience in teamwork, analysis and decision-making to tight deadlines, the exercise promote an opportunity for students to collaborate and innovate to transform geoscience data sets into their interpretation of the subsurface geology and mineralisation targets.
The challenge offers students hands-on experience working with modern datasets encountered in the field, opportunities to improve their leadership and team-based skills, and the ability to expand their industry networks and increase potential employment opportunities.

Indicative Module Content:

Combination of lectures, case studies, and practical exercise on analysis of multiple geological and geophysical data. The teams are going to work on Geoscience ANALYST and a final report is written individually.

Session 1:
Fundamentals of mineral exploration. Main concepts of Porphyry, Irish-type, and IOCG deposits. The physical properties of different ore types and their expected geophysical responses. Geology of the study area of the team exercise, interpretation of the geophysical data, budget and costs for acquiring more data and drilling.

Session 2:
Inversion of the geophysical data available and interpretation of the results.

Session 3:
Planning of drill holes and construction of 3D subsurface models.

Session 4:
Poster preparation.

Session 5:
Poster printing and presentation to the industry panel.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Combination of lectures, case studies, and practical exercise 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continual assessment of individual and group work throughout the trimester Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Koen Torremans Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
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