Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Gaining basic knowledge on the processing-related mineralogical and geological aspects of ores and industrial minerals. 

Credits: 5

Schedule: 04.11.2021 - 26.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jussi Leveinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Main rock forming minerals and mineral groups of silicates, oxides, carbonates. Genetic groups and main petrographic characteristics of rocks.
    Basics of ore mineralogy. Optical properties and processing-related characteristics of
    the main ore minerals. Industrial minerals and their application. Application of microanalytical methods in ore mineralogy. Major ore forming processes. Magma-related ore deposits. Sedimentary and metamorphic ore deposits. Globally important types of ore deposits in a genetic system.
    Globally important mineral resources

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The written exam 50 %, exercises 50 %


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, exercises, exam

    24 h of lectures

    44 h weekly exercises and their preparation

    67 h individual studies


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Text books

    Introduction to Mineral Exploration, Moon C. & al., Blackwell Publishing

    Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment, Kesler S and Simon A., Cambridge

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.