About the Curriculum
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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.
- 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 https://cou.ca/resources/graduate-studies/. 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. Dayna Hicks (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: (705) 675-1151 x3204, Fax: (705) 671-3840). Once the course has been completed, OVGS students should go to https://laurentian.ca/admissions/transcripts to arrange for a transcript to be sent to their home university. 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 (email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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).
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.
- 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 5306 - 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)
For further information please contact:
Harquail School of Earth Sciences
Sudbury, Ontario P3E 2C6 Canada
Tel: (705) 673-6575
Fax: (705) 675-4898