Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
In this module you will study the fundamentals of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic petrology, including an understanding of the importance of mineralogy and rock texture to the interpretation of a rock┐s origin and environment of formation. You will learn how to reconstruct past environments of formation and discover the links between petrology and geochemistry of rocks and the geodynamic / geomorphological setting in which they were formed. The module includes a field course to help develop this understanding in a field context, in preparation for your independent mapping as part of your third year dissertation.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-20082/lists
The module aims to introduce the fundamentals of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic petrology, including and understanding of the importance of mineralogy and rock texture to their interpretation. It includes reconstruction of past environments of formation with an appreciation of the links between petrology/geochemistry and geodynamic/geomorphological setting.
Intended Learning Outcomes
describe, evaluate and interpret the origin and evolution of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks: 1,2critically evaluate the links between rock forming processes and geodynamics: 1apply phase diagrams to determine igneous and metamorphic processes: 1describe, evaluate and interpret how mineral assemblages relate to chemical composition and rock formation: 1explain and apply the concepts, principles and implications of facies analysis to the analysis and interpretation of sedimentary successions: 1,2explain and apply Walther's principle of accumulation of sedimentary successions, and the link between sedimentology and stratigraphy: 1,2produce standard scientific reports to communicate data analysis and interpretation: 1,2
Lectures 48 hoursPracticals 68 hoursFieldwork 9 hoursIndependent study 175 hours
1: Practice Based Assessment weighted 90%
Description of Module Assessment
Laboratory PracticalsPortfolio of laboratory and field-based practical work.
2: Portfolio weighted 10%
Fieldwork ReportsOne scientific report based upon primary fieldwork investigations. Approximately 1000 words total.