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772691S Exploration and mining - global to local perspectives, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 772691S  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Exploration and mining - global to local perspectives  Abbreviation Exploration and 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3256 Geology and Mineralogy 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Oulu Mining School 

ECTS Credits 

5 cr

Language of instruction 



4th or 5th year

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course the students should know the structure of the mining and exploration industry. This includes the major players in a variety of commodity spaces, such as copper, gold, iron ore, base metals, etc., the concepts of value chain and variable business models. In particular, the differences between resources and reserves and economic drivers of the industry (demand and supply, changes in applications, commodity speculation) will be discussed. Furthermore, strategies and methods for exploration suitable for certain ore deposits types will be reviewed.


Based on global and regional scale examples and developments an understanding will be developed for the dynamics of the business cycle in the raw materials industry.

Mode of delivery 

Face to face

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 30 h, hand-specimen examination, home work on reserve and resource calculations, and ore values. Also, group assignment and presentations on a subject such as mining company profiles, exploration methodologies etc.

Target group 

Masters students and PhD students in geoscience or related fields. Course is also suitable for interested geography or economics students with a background/interest in geosciences and natural resources.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Ore geology and society (Intermediate level course: 772386A)

Recommended optional programme components 

493301A Mining geophysics

774636S Geochemistry of mining environment

772632S Regional Ore Geology of Fennoscandia

774637S Isotope geochemistry for economic geologists

772694S Geometallurgy and mineral processing

Recommended or required reading 

Crowson, P. (2008) Mining unearthed. Aspermont, 423 p.

Wellmer, F.W., Dalheimer, M., Wagner, M. (2008) Economic valuations in exploration. Springer 174 p.

Eilu P (Ed.) (2012) Mineral deposits and metallogeny of Fennoscandia. Geological Survey of Finland, Special Paper 53, 401 p.,

Maier, W., O’Brien, H., Lahtinen, R. (Eds.) (2015) Ore Deposits of Finland. Elsevier, 792 p.

The availability of the literature can be checked from this link.

Assessment methods and criteria 




Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The study module can be replaced by the study module 493609S Mining environment and society.


Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
Registration Exploration and mining - global to local perspectives  Course  Shenghong Yang  26.10.20 -15.12.20

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