Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module develops the understanding of the classification and formation of solid Earth materials by examining these in hand specimen and up close using a petrological microscope. It places emphasis on the development of essential geological skills, including the accurate description of minerals as well as igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, including their proportions and inter-relationships, as well as the recognition and petrographic and textural description of rocks.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-10070/lists
The module provides an introduction to common rock forming minerals and igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks in hand specimen and using a petrological microscope. Students develop the ability to describe these geological materials and their properties at a range of scales and reach informed conclusions about their possible identity and origins.
Intended Learning Outcomes
identify minerals and igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks using hand specimens and a petrological microscope;: 1,2describe geological materials and their physical and optical properties at a range of scales and reach informed conclusions about their possible identity and origins;: 1,2evaluate and interpret the underlying concepts of the terminology, nomenclature and classification of minerals and rocks.: 1,2
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity Hours:Lectures: 21 hoursPractical classes: 24 hoursIndependent Study Hours:Practical test: 2 hoursGuided independent study and completion of assessment 2: 103
1: Laboratory Practicals weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Practical testTwo hour practical test of material covered in the practicals. This includes mineral and igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock identification in hand specimen and under the microscope, and any other aspects taught in the practicals.2: Report weighted 50%
1,500 word illustrated written reportStudents are provided with a mineral or rock specimen from a classic locality in the UK or abroad as well as supporting information. Students are asked to describe and classify their sample, and describe and discuss its geological context and geological history in an illustrated written report of no more than 1,500 words. There is no minimum word limit; the word count of 1,500 words lets students know how much detail is expected in the report.