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GL1505: EARTH'S MATERIALS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

Following on from GL1005 this course is an introduction to the petrogenesis of three major rock groups; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. Practical classes will centre around the use of polarizing microscope in the identification of the common rock-forming minerals. The relationship between plate tectonics and the petrogenesis of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, including types and styles of volcanic eruptions will be addressed.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr David Muirhead

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or 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?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

An introduction to the petrogenesis of three major rock groups; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. The application of the polarizing microscope in the identification of the common rock-forming minerals. The relationship between plate tectonics and the petrogenesis of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, including types and styles of volcanic eruptions and hazards.

Further Information & Notes

Students with 'A' level or equivalent in geology may be exempt from this pre-requisite at the discretion of course-coordinator/Head of School.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Environmental Science
  • BSc Physics with Geology
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas

Contact Teaching Time

45 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 25 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 90 minute examination (40%); in-course assessment (60%). In-course assessment will include online MCQs from lecture materials.

Resit: Examination (2 hours) including practical section (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

All online MCQs provide instant feedback after submission, practical classes are tutor led with informal feedback throughout the session. 

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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