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493606S Mine Geology, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 493606S  Validity 01.08.2016 -
Name Mine Geology  Abbreviation Mine Geology 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline4391 Mining Engineering and Mineral Processing 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Oulu Mining School 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS /133 hours of work

Language of instruction 



4th year 1stperiod

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course the students should know about the principle activities along the mineral value chain in the mining environment (exploration, mining, mineral processing, environmental management). The course is given at the active Pyhäsalmi mine to optimize interaction with professionals and working live experience.


Based on the processes in an active mine environment (Pyhäsalmi mine) various aspects of the development and operation of mines will be investigated. This includes the ore exploration and mine development, rock mechanics and mining technologies, mineral processing principles, and environmental management. Face to face teaching and mine visit

Mode of delivery 

Face to face teaching and mine visit

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures, interaction with professionals at the Pyhäsalmi mine, and exercises (e.g. drill core logging).

Target group 

Masters students in the mining engineering and mineral processing study programme (compulsory course) and Masters students in Geosciences (optional course to fulfill the obligation of 10 ECTS in mining engineering and mineral processing study programme courses)

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Introduction to Geology I and II; Basic course in mineralogy; Principles of mineral processing, Rock mechanics (BSc level courses) or completed BSc degree

Recommended optional programme components 

493301A Mining geophysics

774636S Geochemistry of mining environment

772632S Regional Ore Geology of Fennoscandia

772694S Geometallurgy and mineral processing

Recommended or required reading 

Abzalov, M. (2016) Applied Mining Geology, Springer, Modern approaches in solid Earth sciences 12, 448 p

Assessment methods and criteria 

Learning diary and report



Person responsible 

Holger Paulick, Zongxian Zhang

Working life cooperation 

Course will be conducted in co-operation with partners from the Pyhäsalmi mine.

Other information 

Location of instruction is Pyhäsalmi mine


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