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773633S Advanced Course of Surficial Geology in Ore Exploration, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 773633S  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Advanced Course of Surficial Geology in Ore Exploration  Abbreviation Advanced Course 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3261 Surficial Geology 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Oulu Mining School 

Pertti Sarala 

ECTS Credits 


Language of instruction 

English or Finnish.


4th or 5th year.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course, the student knows and understand:

Mode of the element occurrence in surficial sediments

Research methods of the element occurrences

Analytical techniques: chemical and mineralogical

Mineral fractions and different concentration techniques

Heavy minerals and indicator minerals in ore exploration

Advanced surficial geochemical and biogeochemical sampling and analysis methods


To describe and explain broadly and analytically the modes of element occurrence in surficial sediments (mainly in glaciated terrain), their analysis methods and the use of indicator minerals and advanced surficial geochemical techniques in ore exploration with an emphasis of conventional and modern approach.

Mode of delivery 

Face to face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

The implementation methods of the course vary and will be agreed on together with the students for each course. There will be 24 hours of guided teaching and visits, and about 20 hours of teaching without guidance either privately or in groups.

Target group 

Students in the 4th or 5th (periods 1 or 2) year, international students.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

The prerequisite is the completion of the following courses prior to enrolling for the course: Geologian peruskurssi II (771114P), Johdatus Suomen maaperägeologiaan ja maaperän raaka-ainevaroihin (771116P) and Maaperägeologinen malminetsintä (773322A) or similar knowledge.

Recommended optional programme components 

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

Recommended or required reading 

McClenaghan, M., Bobrowsky, P.T., Hall, G.E.M. & Cook, S.J., (2001) Drift Exploration in Glaciated Terrain, Geological Society Special Publication N:o 185, 350 p., Other materials delivered during the course.

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




Assessment methods and criteria 

Participation in the lectures, activity in private or group works, final examination. The assessment of the course is based on the learning outcomes of the course. The more detailed assessment criteria are available on the Noppa Study Portal. Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


Grading 1-5/fail.

Person responsible 

Pertti Sarala

Working life cooperation 

The course could include visits to the companies or guest lectures of the course's subject.


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