ESC-20082 - Petrology
Coordinator: Ralf Halama Tel: +44 1782 7 34960
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2021/22

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.

Aims
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.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/esc-20082/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe, evaluate and interpret the origin and evolution of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks: 1,2
critically evaluate the links between rock forming processes and geodynamics: 1
apply phase diagrams to determine igneous and metamorphic processes: 1
describe, evaluate and interpret how mineral assemblages relate to chemical composition and rock formation: 1
explain and apply the concepts, principles and implications of facies analysis to the analysis and interpretation of sedimentary successions: 1,2
explain and apply Walther's principle of accumulation of sedimentary successions, and the link between sedimentology and stratigraphy: 1,2
produce standard scientific reports to communicate data analysis and interpretation: 1,2

Study hours

Lectures 48 hours
Practicals 68 hours
Fieldwork 9 hours
Independent study 175 hours

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Practice Based Assessment weighted 90%
Laboratory Practicals
Portfolio of laboratory and field-based practical work.

2: Portfolio weighted 10%
Fieldwork Reports
One scientific report based upon primary fieldwork investigations. Approximately 1000 words total.