- Class Number 3950
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Gregory Yaxley
- Prof Gregory Yaxley
- Prof Hugh O'Neill
- AsPr Yuri Amelin
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
This course provides an introduction to powerful analytical techniques used to determine the elemental and isotopic compositions of Earth materials such as rocks, minerals, microfossils, corals and water. It includes understanding types of instrumentation and other analytical techniques essential to the Earth Sciences, how to assess data quality and how to document and present results effectively. It will prepare students for the analytical aspects of their Honours research projects. The course will also develop students theoretical and practical understanding of the geochemical and/or mineralogical techniques that they will deploy in their research.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe the theoretical and practical aspects of major analytical instrumentation (including electron microprobe, FTIR, XRF, XRD, mass spectrometery - ICPMS, TIMS, SIMS) used across the Earth Sciences in fields such as geochemistry, mineralogy, biogeochemistry, marine and climate science. The emphasis is on instrumentation and laboratories available to students at RSES.
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different analytical techniques for different applications.
- Appraise the advantages and disadvantages of different analytical techniques for a research program.
- Undertake data assessment and quality control.
- Explain the requirements for data documentation and reporting in a professional context.
- Design an analytical work-flow to acquire data and achieve the research objectives of their project.
- Process data from the chosen instruments and demonstrate understanding of the limitations and quality of the data. Justify the approach taken to data processing.
- Write a clear and concise justification and description of the analytical techniques employed, suitable for publication in a scientific journal.
Students will be taught about most of the major, cutting edge geochemical analytical techniques available at RSES. All of these have enabled research in the School for many years. Students will research techniques of direct relevance to their honours research projects and develop analytical protocols to aid their research.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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Adjustments to delivery in 2020
Course delivery and assessment in 2020 was adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any information below that replaces what was published in the Class Summary for Semester 1, 2020 was approved by the Associate Dean Education (as is required after 10% commencement of a course). Where an activity or assessment is not referenced below, it remains unchanged.
- Lectures were recorded and available through Wattle.
- Practicals were done by Zoom.
Adjustments were made to assignment due dates; for details see the course Wattle site.
- Student presentations were done online.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1 Session 1: General introduction to geochemical analysis (Hugh O'Neill)||Hugh O'Neill|
|2||Week 1 Session 2 X-ray methods of analysis||Hugh O'Neill|
|3||Week 1 Session 3 Visit to Centre for Advanced Microscopy - Scanning Electron Microscopes and Energy Dispersive Analysis||Jeff Chen|
|4||Week 2 Session 1 Session 1: Optical methods, R-ray Diffraction, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy||Hugh O'Neill|
|5||Week 2 Session 2 Principles of electronprobe microanalysis||Greg Yaxley|
|6||Week 2 Session 3 Visit to Centre for Advanced Microscopy - WDS electronprobe microanalysis||Jeff Chen|
|7||Week 3 Session 1 Introduction to mass spectrometry and isotope analysis||Yuri Amelin|
|8||Week 3 Session 2 Chemical separation, chromotography and clean labs||Yuri Amelin|
|9||Week 3 Session 3 Thermal Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (TIMS) and multi-collector ICPMS||Yuri Amelin|
|10||Week 7 Session 1 Introduction to laser-ablation inductively couple plasma mass spectrometry||Greg Yaxley|
|11||Week 7 Session 2 Secondary ionisation mass spectrometry and in-situ isotope dating||Yuri Amelin|
|12||Week 7 Session 3 Secondary ionisation mass spectrometry and stable isotope measurements||Yuri Amelin|
|13||Week 8 Session 1 Learning about your own analytical technique||Greg Yaxley|
|14||Week 8 Session 2 Learning about your own analytical technique||Greg Yaxley|
|15||Week 8 Session 3 Learning about your own analytical technique||Greg Yaxley|
|16||Week 9 Session 1 Research project - developing an analytical protocol to apply to a geological problem and writing a "Methods" description.||Greg Yaxley - assessable item|
|17||Week 9 Session 2 Research project - developing an analytical protocol to apply to a geological problem and writing a "Methods" description||Greg Yaxley - assessable item|
|18||Week 9 Session 3 Research project - developing an analytical protocol to apply to a geological problem and writing a "Methods" description||Greg Yaxley - assessable item|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Practical assessment in X-ray based methods||25 %||12/03/2020||1,2,3,4,5|
|Practical assessment on mass spectroscopic methods||25 %||07/05/2020||1,2,3,4,5|
|Solving geological problems through quantitative analysis - developing and presenting an anytical strategy.||50 %||12/05/2020||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Practical assessment in X-ray based methods
An in-class, written practical exercise to be handed in.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Practical assessment on mass spectroscopic methods
An in-class, written practical exercise to be handed in.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Solving geological problems through quantitative analysis - developing and presenting an anytical strategy.
A report on solving a particular geological problem (e.g. determining the age of a particular rock), in which you research the most appropriate methods of sample preparation, the correct analytical protocol and data handling and presentation.
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Experimental petrology, diamonds, kimberlites, carbonatites, deep carbon cycle, mantle, oxygen fugacity
Prof Gregory Yaxley
Prof Gregory Yaxley
Prof Hugh O'Neill