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NES2206 : Geological Resources

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Cooke
  • Lecturer: Dr Mark Ireland
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of the module is to link the importance of geological resources in the modern environment with the
consequences of the exploitation of the resources and the subsequent remediation of the sites.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will explain;

1. Influence of geology on global economy
2. Formation, extraction and the associated environmental impact of coal
3. Formation, extraction, processing and the associated environmental impact of oil and gas
4. Formation, extraction, processing and the associated environmental impact of metallic minerals
5. Formation, extraction, processing and the associated environmental impact of non-metallic minerals.
6. Formation, chemical composition, extraction and the associated environmental impact of groundwater
7. The practical classes will investigate the identification of metallic minerals and hand samples, and the use
of geological data to characterise geological resources and problems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Practical report
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials180:309:00Online material via Canvas
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical92:0018:00In-person practicals
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork14:004:00PiP - Local site visit
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork18:008:00PiP - Local site visit
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:0046:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used to provide factual information and a guide to the syllabus and reading. This is reinforced by the use of case studies and problem solving in practical classes. Practical classes are the primary opportunity to practise skills needed for the use of understanding mineral deposits and the identification of metallic and non-metallic minerals as hand samples, and to teach the key methods and errors associated with reserve estimation techniques. The field trips are used to practically demonstrate the history, operation and impact of mineral mining on the environment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M100Reserve estimation practical (8 pages)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Reserve estimation practical tests the student's mapping, calculation and data interpretation skills.

An alternative assessment will be set for any Semester 1 Study Abroad student taking this module, who will not be in Newcastle during the January assessment period.

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