UCT Process Mineralogy Course

7 Dec 2015 - 12:15

Delegates representing a variety of disciplines, ages, nationalities (including 4 different continents) and experience were all recently challenged to engage with process mineralogy from a ‘new perspective’ on the UCT Continuing Professional Development Process Mineralogy short course from 24-27 November 2015. In the delegates own words, they have described the course as: ‘encouraging learning’, ‘being stretched out of my comfort zone’, ‘the importance of team work’, ‘real learning in practical applications’ and ‘a privilege to be part of’. 

This is the 10th anniversary of the course which was first run in 2005 - and which has continuously evolved and further developed into a unique problem based learning experience facilitated by Dr Megan Becker and Prof Dee Bradshaw. The course includes various interactive discussions; physically identifying rocks and minerals; working with, reporting and presenting process mineralogy data; over and above traditional lectures. The course culminated in a final session facilitated by our special guest lecturer Dr Robert Schouwstra on ‘Where to now, armed with process mineralogy?’ which prompted responses such as ‘I’m going to spend more time with the mineralogists on site (actually we share an office)’, and ‘I’m going to write shorter reports that give the metallurgist only the information they need to know rather than all I’ve done’.

(Left) The winning team of delegates for the 1st practical, hard at work physically characterising their UG2 Chromitite (PGM) ore samples in the geology labs at UCT. (Right) The winning team of delegates for the 2nd practical, presenting their findings on how to interpret recovery-by-size, and recovery-by-size-by liberation process mineralogy data for a Pb-Zn concentrator
Delegates and lecturers on the UCT CPD Process Mineralogy course. 

Due to popular demand, the course will be run again in mid-2016. Opportunities for site specific process mineralogy case studies exist. For further details please contact Dr Megan Becker. The course is limited to 18 delegates.