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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),

Each of the 10- to 12-day intensive modular courses covers fundamentals and advances in concepts and techniques applicable to mineral exploration and is equivalent to a regular 3-credit full-term course, including lectures, hands-on laboratory exercises, computer-based problem sets, and – in some courses – field-based mapping projects. In order to minimize impact on regular courses taught during the academic terms, the modular courses are taught outside of the academic terms. They run on consecutive days for maximum convenience to visiting students and industry participants.

The courses are taught by our award-winning faculty and internationally-recognized outside experts. Our location in the world’s largest mineral exploration and mining-service cluster near some of the largest Ni-Cu-PGE (Sudbury), Cu-Zn-(Au) (Kid Creek, Noranda), and Au (Timmins, Kirkland Lake) deposits in the world allows us to offer a level of field instruction that is unmatched elsewhere in the world.

Requirements of modular courses vary for each of the graduate programs. Lectures and labs in each module are taught between 0800 and 1700 over a period of 8-12 days (depending on the course), and include problem sets, laboratory exercises, and (in the case of the field-based courses) mapping projects.

Live Webcast Option

Several of the modules are available to 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 cordinator if you are interested in this option.

 

Courses Offered:

(see upcoming courses below for courses open for registration)

  • GEOL 5307 - Structure, Tectonics, and Mineral Exploration (field-based) - 3 credits (taught in Aug-Sept in odd-numbered years)
  • GEOL 5326 - Mineral Exploration in Volcanic Terrains (field-based) - 3 credits (taught in Aug-Sept in even-numbered years)
  • GEOL 5606 - Exploration for Magmatic Ore Deposits - 3 credits (taught in April in even-numbered years)
  • GEOL 5607 - Exploration for Hydrothermal Ore Deposits - 3 credits (taught in April in odd-numbered years)
  • GEO   5302 - Hydrothermal Ore Deposits (U Ottawa) - 3 credits (taught at U Ottawa in October in odd-numbered years)
  • GEOL 5806 - Exploration Geochemistry - 3 credits (taught in December in even-numbered years)
  • GEOL 5956 - Exploration Geophysics - 3 credits (taught in December in odd-numbered years)
  • GEOL 5055 - Applied Research Project - 6 credits (taught annually)

 

Upcoming Courses:

All course participants (LU students, other students, and industry/government participants) must register with hes@laurentian.ca 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.


Mineral Exploration in Volcanic Terrains

GEOL 5326 (field-based)

20 August - 29 August 2018

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 discussion 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. All field costs are borne by the student.

Non-student cost: $2500 plus HST (includes field transport, but does not include accommodation/meals).

Contact Prof Harold Gibson hgibson@laurentian.ca to reserve a space and for additional information. Contact Ms Roxane Mehes rmehes@laurentian.ca to register.


Exploration Geochemistry

GEOL 5806

05 December 2018 ioGAS Tutorial (optional)
06-15 December 2018 (course)

This 10-day course addresses the principles and methods of lithogeochemical and surficial geochemical exploration, including planning, sampling, analysis, QAQC, data handling, plotting (using 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, sedimentary-exhalative Pb-Zn-Cu deposits, and diamond deposits, and a variety of exploration relevant laboratory exercises.

Non-student cost: $2500 plus HST for the full course, $300 + HST per day, or $75 plus HST per 90-minute lecture. Group rates are also available.

Contact Prof Michael Lesher mlesher@laurentian.ca for additional information. Contact Ms Roxane Mehes rmehes@laurentian.ca to register.


Exploration for Hydrothermal Ore Deposits

GEOL 5607

06 April - 15 April 2019

This 10-day course focuses on the tectonic setting, geology, alteration, and genesis of hydrothermal ore deposits including epithermal and mesothermal precious metal, porphyry Cu and Cu-Au, orogenic gold, VMS, SEDEX and uranium deposits; case studies are included. Lectures are reinforced through laboratory examination of extensive sample suites that are representative of the deposit types and through assigned problems. Emphasis is placed on the recognition of features that are pertinent to exploration. 

Non-student cost: $2500 plus HST for the full course, $300 + HST per day, or $75 plus HST per 90-minute lecture. Group rates are also available.

Contact Prof Jeremy Richards jrichards2@laurentian.ca for additional information. Contact Ms Roxane Mehes rmehes@laurentian.ca to register. 


Structure, Tectonics, and Mineral Exploration 

GEOL 5307 (field-based)

Late August - Early Sept 2019

This 12-day course addresses the tectonic and structural controls on the localization and genesis of mineral deposits. It examines regional tectonic settings, regional structural controls, and local structural controls, using orogenic Au deposits in Northern Ontario as a case study. The course is given as a field mapping course and includes evening lectures and field exercises. All field costs are borne by the student.

Contact Ms Roxane Mehes rmehes@laurentian.ca to register. Contact Prof Bruno Lafrance blafrance@laurentian.ca for additional information.


Topics in Hydrothermal Ore Deposits 

GEO 5302 (taught at U Ottawa)

Late October 2019

This 8-day course focuses on different themes related to the geochemistry of hydrothermal ore deposits at a range of crustal levels – from deep orogenic systems to the surficial environment. Leading experts introduce the basic principles of the evolution of ore-forming fluids, the importance of different ore-fluid reservoirs, the interaction of hydrothermal fluids with different rock types, and the causes of mineral precipitation. Case studies are presented for some of the world's most important ore deposit types in both continental and submarine settings, with an emphasis on where ore fluids originate, how and where they derive their metals, and where they end up.

Contact Prof Mark Hannington mark.hannington@uottawa.ca to register or to request more information.


Exploration Geophysics 

GEOL 5956

Early-Mid December 2019

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.

Non-student cost: $2500 plus HST for the full course, $300 + HST per day, or $75 plus HST per 90-minute lecture. Group rates are also available.

Contact Ms Roxane Mehes rmehes@laurentian.ca to register. Contact Prof Richard Smith rssmith@laurentian.ca for additional information.


Exploration for Magmatic Ore Deposits 

GEOL 5606

Early-mid April 2020

2018 Syllabus; 2018 Schedule; 2018 Logistical Information (information only - check back closer to the dates)

This 10-day course focuses on magmatic Ni-Cu-(PGE), PGE, Cr, and Ti-V deposits, including 3 days of theoretical material, and 8 days of exploration applications and case studies. Topics include: S solubility, metal solubility and partitioning, magma fertility, stable and radiogenic isotopes, transport and localization mechanisms, textures, and deformation. Lectures are reinforced through through assigned problems and  laboratory examination of sample suites from all over the world that are representative of the deposit types. Emphasis is placed on the recognition of features that are pertinent to exploration.

Non-student cost: $3000 plus HST for the full course, $300 plus HST per day, or $75 plus HST per 90-minute lecture. Group rates are also available.

Contact Ms Roxane Mehes rmehes@laurentian.ca to register. Contact Prof Michael Lesher mlesher@laurentian.ca for additional information.


Applied Research Project 

GEOL 5055*

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 dkontak@laurentian.ca for additional information


Enrollment

Students enrolled the Applied MSc program at Laurentian University pay part-time fees indicated on the LU website under "Applied MSc in Mineral Exploration".

Students enrolled in the thesis-based MSc or PhD programs at Laurentian University may take the courses as part of their normal program.

Students enrolled at other ONTARIO universities wishing to register and receive credit for these courses must complete an ONTARIO VISITING GRADUATE STUDENT form, which is available from http://cou.on.ca/key-issues/education/graduate-education/ontario-visiting-grad-students/. The form must be signed by the School Head and Dean at the home university and sent to the School of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University c/o Ms. Linda Weber (E-mail: lweber@laurentian.ca, Tel: (705) 675-1151 x3204, Fax: (705) 671-3840). NOTE: Courses taken under this scheme must be for credit and cannot be audited.

Canadian students enrolled at NON-ONTARIO universities wishing to register and receive credit for these courses must be admitted to Laurentian University as SPECIAL STUDENTS and, once admitted, must register as Part-Time Students. Please contact the Office of Admissions (admissions@laurentian.ca) for application forms and instructions.

Non-Canadian students enrolled at NON-ONTARIO universities wishing to register and receive credit for these courses must be admitted to Laurentian University as SPECIAL STUDENTS and, once admitted, must register as Part-Time Students. Please contact the Office of Admissions (admissions@laurentian.ca) for application forms and instructions. IMPORTANT: Also contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate General Office in your home country or check the Citizen and Immigration Canada website at www.cic.gc.ca to determine whether you need a visa to visit or study in Canada. Obtaining a visitor's visa or study permit can take up to 3 months, so do this as soon as possible.

Students not covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Program are responsible for arranging their own medical and health insurance, which is not covered in the non-resident tuition fees.

 

Maintaining Continuing Education Requirements for Professional Registration

The courses satisfy continuing education requirements for maintaining professional registration and because the courses are continually updated, provide an efficient way to stay current in the discipline.

Non-students may take any of the course modules on a fee-paying basis at the rate of $3000 + HST for a full two-week course (including all course notes) or $300 + HST for a single day (including relevant course notes).

 

For further information please contact:

Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6 Canada
Tel: (705) 673-6575
Fax: (705) 675-4898
Email: hes@laurentian.ca

 

Upcoming Events

  • Bancroft Field Trip

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  • Graduate Seminars

    Tuesday, September 25th
    Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Location: Laurentian University - Harquail School of Earth Sciences, 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Willet Green Miller Centre, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6, Canada


  • Abitibi 2018: Today's Technology - Tomorrow's Discoveries

    Tuesday, October 16th
    Time: 09:00am - 05:00pm
    Location: Northern College Kirkland Lake, Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 2E1, Canada


  • GEOL 5806 - Exploration Geochemistry

    Wednesday, December 5th
    Time: -
    Location: Ramsey Lake Road, Ramsey Lake Rd, Sudbury, ON P3E, Canada