This course is for Honours students
The influence of changing pressure, temperature and chemical environment on the origin and occurrence of different classes of minerals and rocks will be discussed. Rocks and minerals are investigated in hand specimens and in thin sections under the microscope. Simple phase relations and phase diagrams relevant to important mineral groups will be examined, in the context of explaining formation and properties of minerals and rocks. Other aspects explored will be the characteristics and economic significance of the most important ore and gem minerals, and the properties of minerals that may cause health problems.
Laboratory: Practical work will give students skills in physical, microscopic, instrumental analytical and numerical techniques necessary for the identification and study of natural minerals and rocks.
Note: Honours students attend joint classes with undergraduate students and graduate students but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Compare and contrast different mineral assemblages and host rocks, including igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks and some ores.
- Explain and articulate that minerals are crystalline materials; that macroscopic symmetry arises from a repeated arrangement of atoms and describe how this is used for mineral classification.
- Balance chemical formulas of relevant reactions and discuss simple structural formulas from chemical analyses of common minerals.
- Explain and describe the physical properties of hand specimens of rocks and minerals, with clear sketches and at least provisional identification of mineral species, with explanation of reasoning.
- Describe and differentiate different minerals and rocks using the petrographic microscope and identify minerals and hence classify host rocks.
- Relate mineralogical and textural observations in a simple way to host rock petrogenesis and tectonic processes.
- Apply basic phase diagrams to explain partial melting, fractional crystallization and other deep Earth processes.
Assessment will be based on
- 3 assignments done out of class time (10% each, LOs 1, 2, 3 and 7)
- 3 practical exercises done during Practical Classes and out of class time (10% each, LO 4, 5 and 6)
- 1 closed book exam on whole course content, held at the end of the course (40%, LO 1-7)
Honours students attend joint classes with undergraduates (EMSC2017) but will be given alternative assessment which will be agreed upon in the first week of semester.
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WorkloadA maximum of 65 hours formal contact time, including lectures, workshops and laboratory classes. Up to 55 hours non-contact time for completion of assessable practical exercises, assignments and revision.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Research School of Earth Sciences to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed TextsNo prescribed textbook. We provide a class library of textbooks for use in class and advice on other useful learning resources.
Assumed KnowledgeSome Earth Science and/or Chemistry background
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4228||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person||N/A|