BSc Geography and Geology / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||School of Earth and Environmental Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
To provide a foundation in mineralogy to serve as a basis for more detailed courses in the second year (especially Igneous Petrology EART20131) and third year (especially Lithospheric Processes EART30332). To appreciate how crystal symmetry and structure governs mineral properties. To become familiar with some of the techniques used in polarised-light microscopy to characterise minerals.
To provide a
O On successful completion of the course, students will be able to
- understand the basic elements of crystal chemistry;
- demonstrate the necessary skills for the optical identification of the principal rock-forming minerals;
- recognise and describe the symmetry elements and structures of crystals
- describe the optical properties of transparent minerals, and apply various techniques using the polarising microscope to determine these properties and identify unknown minerals.
Teaching and learning methods
1-hour lecture and 2-hour practical each week.
- Practical test in weeks 8 (30 %).
- 1.5 hour written exam in January (70%) [to assess all outcomes].
A significant portion of the teaching on this course takes place in an informal lab environment, where the lecturer and demonstrators are on hand to answer questions and provide verbal feedback on your work. In addition, sets of multiple choice and short answer questions with instant feedback will be available on Blackboard after most sessions for you to test your knowledge of the course material. These will also help to prepare you for the test in Week 8. Answers and feedback from that test will be available within 2 weeks. Feedback on the January exam will be provided in a lunchtime session when you can look at your marked exam scripts.
Klein & Philpott (2013) Earth Materials: introduction to mineralogy and petrology, Cambridge University Press.
Wenk and Bulakh (2004), Minerals: Their Constitution and Origin, Cambridge University Press.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||22|
|Independent study hours|
|Samuel Shaw||Unit coordinator|