Modular Course Curriculum
The Harquail School of Earth Sciences at Laurentian University offers some of the most comprehensive field- and laboratory-based Earth Science graduate research and education courses in the world.
The modular courses are designed for geoscientists employed full-time in the mineral exploration industry, industry professionals needing professional development and accreditation, and graduate students (HES students enrolled in 1-year and 2-year coursework-based Applied MSc programs and thesis-based MSc and PhD programs, as well students from other universities.
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Live Webcast Option
Several of the modules are available to industry professionals/non-students via live webcast from our state-of-the-art Executive Learning Centre, which provides an immersive experience if remote participants have high-speed fibre connections and use high-quality headsets. Students enrolling for credit must enrol in the on-campus course so that they can complete the laboratory exercises, but the remote option may be preferable for non-students. Contact the course coordinator if you are interested in this option.
*Find course details, registration, and contact information under course details below. You can also download our Modular Courses brochure (pdf).
Exploration for Hydrothermal Ore Deposits
Exploration for Magmatic Ore Deposits
Applied Research Project
6 credits (taught annually)
All course participants (LU students, other students, and industry/government participants) must register with firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can send you information about the course and provide you with access to the course website, which you must be able to do before you arrive.
Exploration for Hydrothermal Ore Deposits
April 11-20, 2023 & in 2025
In-person delivery in the Executive Learning Centre (3 credits). This 8-day course focuses on the geology, alteration, and origin of hydrothermal ore deposits. Deposit types include epithermal and mesothermal precious metal, porphyry Cu-Mo-Au, IOCG, sediment- and volcanic-hosted base-metal deposits, and U and REE deposits. Emphasis is placed on the processes responsible for their formation, the recognition of alteration halos, and features pertinent to exploration.
Discounts for MERC members. Contact us for pricing options for multiple participants in the same company.
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Contact Ms Roxane Mehes email@example.com to register. Contact Dr. Dan Kontak firstname.lastname@example.org for course information.
Structure, Tectonics, and Mineral Exploration
GEOL 5307 (field-based)
September 2023 & 2025
Course Description: This 8-day field- and lecture-based course addresses the fundamentals of structural field analysis.
The course will be held in Sudbury, Ontario. Sudbury has spectacular geology and is internationally known as one of the three largest meteoritic impact structures on Earth. Moreover, it is at the junction between the Archean Superior craton, the Paleoproterozoic Southern Province, and Mesoproterozoic Grenville Province, allowing easy access to a variety of geological environments from granite-greenstone belts, to continental rift sequences, to high-temperature gneissic terranes. Mapping exercises will be complemented by lectures, allowing the unique opportunity to directly apply classroom learning to the field.
By the end of the course, participants will have learned how to:
- conduct a geometrical structural analysis of a multiply deformed terrane
- complete a structural interpretation of a deformed terrrane
- determine the sense of movement in shear zones
- determine the geometry and dynamic significance of quartz vein systems.
Instructor: Bruno Lafrance
Course Cost for Professional Participants: $950 (CDN) + HST. Includes transportation during the course, excludes accommodation and meals.
Students: See enrollment page for further information.
Contact Ms Roxane Mehes email@example.com AND Prof Bruno Lafrance firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
December 2023 & 2025
2021 Syllabus, Schedule and Logistical Information; 2021 Registration Form
This 10-day course includes an introduction to the physical properties of rocks and how these can be inferred from geophysical data. The role that geophysics plays in mineral exploration programs will also be discussed. Methods covered gravity, magnetics, electrical and induced polarization, electromagnetics, gamma-ray spectrometry, reflection seismology, borehole, and airborne methods. There are daily exercises, many involving computer applications, and the final day will include a regional interpretation of public domain geophysical data.
On campus: $2750.00 plus HST = $3107.50 for the full course, or $300.00 plus HST = $339.00 per day.
Remote: $1200.00 plus HST = $1356.00 for the full course, or $120.00 plus HST = $135.60 per day.
More pricing details can be found in the 2021 Registration Form.
Contact Ms Roxane Mehes email@example.com to register. Contact Prof Richard Smith firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Exploration for Magmatic Ore Deposits
April 2024 & 2026 - 3cr
Course Description: 10-day intensive course in magmatic Ni-Cu-(PGE), PGE, Cr, and Ti-V deposits including 3 days of theoretical material, 5 days of case studies, and 2 days of exploration methods. Topics include: S and Cr solubility and metal partitioning in mafic-ultramafic magmas; generation of fertile magmas; applications of stable and radiogenic isotopes (including mass-independent S isotopes) in identifying S and metal sources; sulfide transport and localization mechanisms; textures and deformation of Fe-Ni-Cu sulfide ores, sulfide recalculation and plotting methods; geology/genesis of and exploration for Ni-Cu-(PGE) deposits in mafic-ultramafic lava channels, feeder sills/dikes, and magma conduits; geology/genesis of and exploration for PGE deposits in mafic-ultramafic layered intrusions; geology/genesis of and exploration for stratiform and podiform Cr deposits and Ti-V deposits in anorthosites and mafic-ultramafic intrusions. Case studies and laboratory exercises will include: Alexo (ON), Duluth (MN), Eagle (MI), Eagle’s Nest (ON), Kambalda (WA), Jinchuan and other deposits in China, Noril’sk-Talnakh and Pechenga (RU), Tamarack (MN), Thompson (MB), Raglan (Nunavik), Sudbury (ON), and Voisey’s Bay (Labrador) Ni-Cu-PGE; and Bushveld (SA) and Stillwater (MT) PGE and Cr; and ‘Ring of Fire” (ON) Cr. Exploration methods include geological/mineralogical/ lithogeochemical/geophysical applications to greenfields/regional/brownfields targeting.
2022 Speakers: Dr Steven Barnes (CSIRO), Dr Sarah Dare (UQAC), Dr Pedro Jugo (HES/MERC), Dr Michel Houlé (GSC/HES), Alan King (Geoscience North), Prof Michael Lesher (HES/MERC), Dr Eduardo Mansur (NGU), Dr Louise Schoneveld (CSIRO)
Format: Live webcast; also on-site if permitted
Non-student on-site cost: Full Course: CDN $2750 + 13% HST. Individual Days: CDN $300 + 13% HST. Non-student webcast cost: Full Course: CDN $1200 + 13% HST. Individual Days: CDN $120 + 13% HST. Mix and match group rates are also available.
2022 DOWNLOADS: Syllabus Registration Form Schedule Zoom Requirements Logistical Information (coming soon)
Contact Ms Roxane Mehes email@example.com to register. Contact Prof Michael Lesher firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Mineral Exploration in Volcanic Terrains
GEOL 5326 (field-based)
August 21 - September 3, 2022
This 10-day course focuses on recognizing, describing, and mapping volcanic lithofacies, alteration types, mineralization, and deformation in a well-exposed Precambrian volcanic succession hosting base and precious metal deposits. The course is delivered as a mapping project with evening lectures and discussions following a one-day introductory field trip. An introduction to graphic core logging is provided. Mapping is conducted in teams, and grades are based on the map, structural cross-sections, and a final report, which includes a description and interpretation of the geology and structure and an assessment of exploration potential with recommendations.
Cost for industry participants: $3,000 + HST. The entire class will travel from the Willet Green Miller Centre in Sudbury to Rouyn-Noranda; accommodation at Quality Inn Rouyn-Noranda, two students per room. Breakfast is included (at hotel). Students are responsible for lunch and dinner. Class capacity is limited to 24 students.
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Contact Dr. Ross Sherlock at email@example.com for additional course/content information.
Contact Ms Roxane Mehes firstname.lastname@example.org for registration, logistics, and accommodation information.
Geochemistry of Hydrothermal Ore Deposits
GEO 5306A (Online - UOttawa)
NEW DATES: December 3 - 10, 2022
Instructor: Mark Hannington
The University of Ottawa's Geochemistry of Hydrothermal Ore Deposits Short Course will be available to OVGS students in Ontario this Fall Semester.
This is an intensive 8-day graduate course (3 cr.) on the geochemistry of hydrothermal ore deposits, focusing on the fundamentals of mineral-chemical systems, ore element geochemistry, alteration mineral assemblages, and water-rock interactions in a variety of ore deposit types. Concepts that are critical to understanding ore formation will be studied, including mineral stabilities and controls on metal solubility in hydrothermal systems. Case studies of different ore deposit types will be covered, including magmatic-hydrothermal, sedimentary and seawater-dominated systems. Practical aspects will include a guide to ore element behaviour; analyzing rocks, minerals and fluids in hydrothermal systems; and processes of hydrothermal alteration and their application in mineral exploration.
Lectures and interactive sessions will take place each day between 09:00h and 17:00h (including Saturday and Sunday). Course evaluation will be based on daily exercises in-class and a final take-home exam. Instruction will be virtual (via Zoom) or bimodal where possible. Advanced undergraduate-level, 3rd or 4th-year training in geochemistry, petrology and ore deposits is highly recommended.
This course is being offered to OCGC members and students from Ontario institutions through the OVGS Program. Registration with the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Ottawa (email@example.com) is necessary using the course code GEO5306A.
Earth & Environmental Sciences
University of Ottawa
THIS COURSE WILL NEXT BE OFFERED IN OCTOBER 2023 AND OCTOBER 2025.
December 8-18, 2022 & December 2024 - 3cr - On-Site and Remote Webcast
Description: This 10-day course addresses the principles and methods of lithogeochemical and surficial geochemical exploration, including planning, sampling, analysis, QAQC, data handling, plotting and data analysis (basic geostatistics and introductory machine learning in ioGAS), and interpretation. It includes case histories, applications to magmatic Cr and Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulfide deposits, porphyry Cu deposits, volcanic-associated Cu-Zn-(Pb) deposits, Archean lode gold deposits, unconformity U deposits, and diamond deposits, and a variety of exploration-relevant laboratory exercises. It is preceded by a 1-day ioGAS tutorial.
Registration: See instructions in Registration Form, which vary depending on whether you are 1) a student registered at LU, another university in Ontario, or elsewhere, or 2) a non-student. Contact Ms Roxane Mehes firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and to register.
COVID Policy: N95/K95 masks are required. We will provide N95 masks for those who do not have them.
DOWNLOADS: 2022 Syllabus 2022 Schedule (Revised Nov. 14, 2022) Registration Form Logistical Information (Updated Nov. 17, 2022)
Applied Research Project
This course is required for and limited to students enrolled in the coursework-based Applied MSc in Mineral Exploration program. A research topic relevant to mineral exploration is selected in consultation with a faculty advisor and students submit, in writing, the results of their research at the end of the program. *Students register for this course only in the term they plan to submit their research project paper.
Contact Prof Daniel Kontak email@example.com for additional information
Tue28 Mar 2023
Time: 11:30am - 01:00pm
Location: Willet Green Miller Centre, Greater Sudbury, ON P3E 6B5, Canada
Wed29 Mar 2023
Geology Games: Sedimentary Special
Time: 10:00am - 10:45am
Fri31 Mar 2023
MSc thesis defence Scott Tokaryk
Friday, March 31st
Time: 12:00pm - 01:00pm
Sat1 Apr 2023
PhD thesis defence Yiguan Lu
Saturday, April 1st
Time: 08:00am - 09:00am
Tue11 Apr 2023
Modular Course: Exploration for Hydrothermal Ore Deposits
Tuesday, April 11th
Wed12 Apr 2023
Geology Games: Under Pressure
Wednesday, April 12th
Time: 10:00am - 10:45am