- Class Number 3273
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Antony Burnham
- Dr Antony Burnham
- Prof Hugh O'Neill
- Prof Victoria Bennett
- AsPr Yuri Amelin
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
This course consists of a series of advanced modules from the discipline areas of geochemistry and petrology. The course combines advanced theory in these areas with integrated case studies and applications related to current research topics. The course provides an introduction to some frontier topics that fall outside of traditional geochemistry courses, in addition to more detailed coverage of some fundamental areas of geochemistry and petrology, which underpin student research projects.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe, define and compare advanced geochemical and petrological processes and variables.
- Interpret, quantify and explain relevant geochemical, thermodynamic and petrological constraints on research problems in the Earth and planetary sciences.
- Synthesize, interpret and critically evaluate peer-reviewed geochemical and petrological literature.
- Communicate both orally and in writing, to a peer audience.
- Formulate and develop simple thermodynamic and numerical models using Microsoft Excel and Python.
Recent research is a major proportion of the lecture and practical material, wihch aim to introduce students to classic and cutting-edge research in a range of specialised topics in geochemistry and petrology.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
Laptop required (please advise the convener if you need to borrow one)
Will be placed on Wattle as the course progresses.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Cosmochemistry and unconventional isotopic systems. Three lectures and practicals||1) Oral presentation of an isotopic dating method, and 2) oral and written critical assessment of a recent paper in cosmochemistry.|
|2||Radiogenic isotopes. Three lectures and practicals||1) Oral presentation on a recent paper in isotope geochemistry and 2) answers to questions about the theory and interpretation of radiogenic isotope data.|
|3||The lithospheric mantle, diamonds and kimberlites. Three lectures and practicals||Excel-based thermobarometry calculations and interpretation of results.|
|4||Thermodynamics. Four lectures, two practicals||None.|
|5||Diffusion. Two lectures and practicals||Excel-based processing of raw experimental data and interpretation of results in comparison to literature data.|
|6||Three lectures, two practicals||Literature review essay.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Cosmochemistry and unconventional isotopic systems||20 %||24/04/2019||01/05/2019||1,2,3,4|
|Radiogenic isotopes||20 %||08/05/2019||15/05/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|The lithospheric mantle, diamonds and kimberlites||20 %||15/05/2019||22/05/2019||1,2,4,5|
|Literature review||20 %||06/06/2019||13/06/2019||1,2,3,4|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Cosmochemistry and unconventional isotopic systems
1) Oral presentation of an isotopic dating method, and 2) oral and written critical assessment of a recent paper in cosmochemistry.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
1) Oral presentation on a recent paper in isotope geochemistry and 2) answers to questions about the theory and interpretation of radiogenic isotope data.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5
The lithospheric mantle, diamonds and kimberlites
Excel-based thermobarometry calculations and interpretation of results.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Excel-based processing of raw experimental data and interpretation of results in comparison to literature data.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Read selected research papers and use their contents to explain "The relationship between crustal recycling and mantle redox ".
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Dr Antony Burnham
Dr Antony Burnham
Prof Hugh O'Neill
Prof Victoria Bennett