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GL2015: PETROLOGY & MINERALOGY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

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
  • Dr David Muirhead

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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

  • One of GL1005 The Nature of the Environment Through Geological Time (Passed) or GL1006 The Dynamic Planet (Distance) (Passed) or KL107Z The Dynamic Planet (Passed)
  • One of GL1505 Earth's Materials (Passed) or GL1506 Portrait of a Planet (Distance) (Passed) or KL157X Portrait of a Planet (Second Half-Session) (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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.

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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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.


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

Course Learning Outcomes


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