Abstract: This short course will focus on the application of detrital zircon U-Th-Pb geochronology to studies of sedimentary provenance, maximum depositional age, and source terrane characterization. The first part of the course will present an overview of the theoretical basis and best practices for all aspects of a detrital zircon study, from sample collection, through imaging and analysis, to data reporting. For each step, the important assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses will be discussed. The second half will focus on opportunities to improve the information available from detrital zircon geochronologic studies. We will focus on (1) improved methods for large-n geochronology, (2) using spatial resolution to deal with complex zircons, (3) application of complementary geochemical and isotopic systems (e.g., Hf and O isotopes, trace and REE abundances), (4) analysis of other minerals (e.g., monazite, titanite, apatite, rutile, baddeleyite), and (5) development of new software systems that allow researchers to view/analyze U-Th-Pb data real-time, compare age distributions quantitatively, and integrate information from imaging and complementary geochemical/isotopic/thermochronologic analyses. The course will be geared toward faculty/professional researchers and students who are involved in detrital zircon geochronologic research, and operators of labs that plan to conduct geochronologic analyses of detrital minerals.