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GL2015: PETROLOGY & MINERALOGY (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:52

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr David K Muirhead
  • Dr Colin North

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL2013 Chemistry of the Earth (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 9 - 13
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 14 - 19
  • 2 Practicals during University weeks 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Online Exam (25%)

Coursework (75%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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