GEOL209 Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry

Updated: 25 September 2019
Credit Points 6
Location 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
16 February 2020 19 February 2020 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)

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 (
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.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
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.