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GL2015: PETROLOGY & MINERALOGY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 05 Jun 2017 09:45


Course Overview

 

Petrology and mineralogy is a compulsory course for geology students. It covers igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary petrology. The course has a strong practical component and involves the preparation of workbooks based on individual study and practical exercises that use hand specimens, microscope work and chemical data.

 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr David Muirhead

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL2013 Chemistry of the Earth (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Chemical Composition of Earth as a planetary body. Composition and structure of the common rock-forming minerals. Introduction to phase equilibria; melting processes and magma production; crystallization and consolidation of magma. Solid-state reactions in rock materials; metamorphic reactions. Diagenesis & weathering. Processes and environments of chemical/biological sediment formation.

Further Information & Notes

Students with 'A' level Geology or equivalent may be exempt from the GL 1005 prerequisite. Students who have taken and passed KL 107X or KL 157X or equivalent may take this course subject to prior permission of the course coordinator.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Archaeology-Geoscience
  • BSc Geography-Geoscience
  • BSc Geology
  • BSc Geology-Petroleum Geology
  • BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • BSc Physics with Geology
  • Bachelor Of Science In Geophysics
  • Geology Joint
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas
  • Master of Geology

Contact Teaching Time

76 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Examination (50%); in-course assessment (50%). In course assessment will be based on laboratory exercises.

Resit: Examination (50%) plus original in-course assessment (50%).

Formative Assessment

Interim marking of laboratory-based exercises throughout term, with feedback every two weeks.

Feedback

Written summative feedback will be provided on laboratory exercises prior to the written examination.

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