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774639S Isotope geochemistry for economic geologists, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 774639S  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Isotope geochemistry for economic geologists  Abbreviation Isotope geochem 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3267 Geochemistry 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Oulu Mining School 

Eero Hanski 

ECTS Credits 


Language of instruction 

The language of instruction is Finnish or English, depending in the participants.


The course is held in the spring semester, during period III. It is recommended to complete the course at the 4th or 5th spring semester.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

can interpret and assess geological literature where isotopes have been utilizedis able to calculate ages of rocks using given isotope measurements of different isotopic systems,can make inferences on the origin of different rocks types, including ore deposits, based on measured isotope ratios.


Mechanisms of radioactive disintegration; mass spectrometry; different radiogenic and stable isotope systems (e.g., Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, Re-Os, Lu-Hf, Sm-Nd and U-Pb and Pb-Pb; S and C isotopes); examples of the use of isotopes in the research of ore deposits.

Mode of delivery 

Face to face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

32 h lectures, 16 h computer exercises.

Target group 

All students in geosciences.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

It is recommended that the student has completed studies equivalent to the Bachelor's degree in geology.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course in an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

White, W.M. (2015) Isotope Geochemistry. Wiley-Blackwell, 496 p. or Dickin, A.P. (2005) Radiogenic Isotope Geology, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, 492 p. Journal articles given during the course.

The availability of the textbooks can be checked via this link.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Theory exam and excel calculations made at home.


In the theory exam grade and final grade, the course utilizes a numerical grading scale of 1-5. Zero stands for a fail. Calculations are graded as pass/fail.

Person responsible 

Eero Hanski.

Working life cooperation 



Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Isotope geochemistry for economic geologists  Course  Shenghong Yang  12.01.21 -27.04.21

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