There are different ways to look at the departmental course offerings:

  1. The Official Arts and Science Calendar. This is the authoritative source, telling you what courses are offered, and what prerequisites they require. However, this document won’t tell you whether a given course is actually being offered.
  2. Use the Arts & Science time-table. This tool allows you to look up which courses are being offered in a given term, but won’t tell you about those which are not offered. Note, you have to enter the name of our Department to use this tool.
  3. Check below for information related to special topics course titles.

Special Topics course title and description:

ESS381H1-S  Gemmology

Tuesday 6-8 pm

This course introduces students to primary concepts, issues and testing methods related to the field of gemmology. As part of this, a key objective is for students to develop skills in identifying common gems by their optical and physical properties, recognizing the qualities affecting valuation of gems and distinguishing gems from their simulants. Lab created synthetic gems will also be examined. Ethical issues around gems and gemstone mining will be discussed. Topics to be introduced in lectures and readings will be augmented with in-class experimentation.

ESS481H1-S  Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Estimation

Wednesday 5-7 pm

Mineral Resource and Mineral Reserve Estimation is an advanced level course that focuses on the various stages of a mineral resource/reserve estimation.  This course will cover all steps from assembling the data to reporting according to industry guidelines.  Major course topics include: Statistical analysis of sampling data; Geologic interpretation and comprehensive 3D deposit modelling; Mineral resource estimation approaches and methods; Mineral reserve estimation, classification of resources and reserves; Reporting using regulatory standards and industry guidelines for professional practice.

 The course will be useful for students who are planning to develop their career as an exploration or resource geologists and are interested in gaining an understanding of mining industry best practices.



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