Module Identifier EA22520  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Charles Bendall  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Professor Alex Maltman, Dr Charles Bendall, Dr Nicholas J G Pearce, Dr Stephen Tooth  
Pre-Requisite EA11600 Rocks and Minerals or EA11510 Planet Earth  
Course delivery Lecture   33 Hours Introduction and Energy 4 x 2 hrs; Water 4 x 2 hrs; Bulk Materials 3 x 3 hrs; Metals 4 x 2 hrs  
  Practical   20 Hours Energy 4 x 1 hr; Water 4 x 1 hr; Bulk Materials 2 x 3 hrs; Metals 2 x 2 hrs, 2 x 1 hr  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written Examination in Semester 225%
Semester Assessment Practical Reports. Selected practical exercises in Semesters 1 & 2 (37.5%) and a practical project report in Semester 2 (12.5%).50%
Semester Assessment Course Essays. 2 project essays in Semester 125%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours Written Examination. Resubmission of written examination25%
Supplementary Assessment Coursework Components. Resubmission of failed coursework75%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

Course outline is as follows:

  1. General introduction and introduction to energy
  2. Fossil fuels - coal and peat
  3. Fossil fuels - oil
  4. Nuclear power
  5. Renewable energy, hydropower, geothermal energy
  6. Water cycle
  7. Surface water
  8. Groundwater
  9. Hydrogeology
  10. Building stones and bricks
  11. Aggregates and cement
  12. Sands and gravels
  13. Sands and gravels (practical)
  14. Sands and gravels (practical)
  15. Mineral extraction and processing
  16. Iron
  17. Aluminium
  18. Base metal deposits (lead, zinc, copper)
  19. Uranium and strategic metals
  20. Gold and precious metals


The aim of this module is to introduce students to the most important of Earth's physical resources in terms of their use, formation, exploration, extraction, processing and environmental impacts. This will be structured under four main topics: Energy; Water; Bulk Materials and Metals

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Bishop, V. and Prosser, R (1986) Water Resources
Edwards, R. and Atkinson, K (1986) Ore Deposit Geology
Manning, D.A.C (1994) Introduction to Industrial Minerals
Ramage, J (1997) Energy
Wills, B.A (1997) Mineral Processing Technology


This module is at CQFW Level 5