GEOL209 Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry

Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
19 February 2019 22 February 2019 Non-Mandatory Intensive school would involve lab work using a petrographic microscope, no field component.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites GEOL120
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GEOS2170 (University of Newcastle)
Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Ed Saunders (ed.saunders@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit provides students with background theory and practical skills to use a petrographic microscope, identify igneous rocks and understand the fundamentals of geochemistry. These fundamental earth science skills enable the scientist to undertake analysis of rocks and minerals to determine the nature of their formation, composition and relationships to other rocks. It is necessary for students to complete this unit before selected geology 200- and 300-level units. The unit will mainly be taught online using a virtual microscope. These skills plus theoretical aspects of microscopy will be assessed via online quizzes. There will be a short intensive school where students have the opportunity to use a real petrographic microscope.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology: Pearson New International Edition

ISBN: 9781292021539
Winter, J., Pearson 2nd ed. 2013

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Manual of Mineral Science

ISBN: 9780471721574
Klein, C. and Dutrow, B., Wiley 23rd ed. 2007

Note: Any previous addition is also acceptable. This textbook is prescribed for GEOL207, and it's strongly recommended that you buy it for this course.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Referenced Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Reference material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Minerals in Thin Section (2e)

ISBN: 9780131420151
Perkins, D. and Henke, K., Pearson 2003

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Online Examination 30% 1000
Assessment Notes

End of trimester online exam

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Paper Review 10% 1000
Assessment Notes

Critical review on a scientific paper relevant to the topic.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 4

Compulsory Participation 10% 1000 equivalent
Assessment Notes

Weekly online discussion on moodle

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3-4

Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Compulsory Practical Assignment 20% 1000 equivalent
Assessment Notes

Practical assignments for completion by students who attend the non-mandatory intensive school, or practical assignments using the online software for students who do not attend the non-mandatory Intensive School.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Project 30% 1500
Assessment Notes

Combines aspects of microscopy and geochemistry to solve a geological problem. This draws on aspects of practical and theoretical material taught in the unit. The project includes a quiz, rock descriptions and a written report.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. competently use a petrographic microscope and petrographic microscope software;
  2. utilise knowledge of diagnostic properties of igneous rocks and minerals to autonomously identify these under the microscope;
  3. independently apply knowledge of their characteristics and features to identify rock types under the microscope and intelligibly discuss their textures and mineralogical relationships;
  4. demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of the fundamentals of mineralogy, crystallography and geochemistry; and
  5. apply the fundamental skills of microscopy, mineralogy and geochemistry to understand the formation of common minerals and apply this to basic igneous petrology.