GEOLOGY 3016 - Igneous and Metamorphic Geology III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 3016 Course Igneous and Metamorphic Geology III Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites GEOLOGY 2502 Course Description This course examines the origin and evolution of igneous and metamorphic rocks. It focuses on both descriptive work and theoretical background related to rock formation and development.
Igneous Geology: This section examines the controls on the generation and differentiation of silicate melts within the earth and the contribution these processes have made to the composition of the crust and mantle through time. It also uses the basis of elemental and isotope geochemistry to understand these processes. We examine case studies of magma generation in key tectonic settings on the earth through time.
Metamorphic Geology: This examines the nature and change of sub-solidus mineral assemblages and textures in rocks. This information provides a sound basis with which to examine orogenic processes.
Course Coordinator: Professor Martin Hand
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
A successful student in this course should be able to: 1 Demonstrate proficiency in common practical skills in igneous and metamorphic geology; 2 Understand how the occurrence and character of different igneous and metamorphic rock suites is governed by and reflects the Earth's tectonic processes; 3 Explain how magma is generated in the Earth's mantle and how magma typically evolves; 4 Be able to organise, plot and evaluate the petrogenesis of igneous rock suites using elemental data; 5 Understand different geochronological and isotope geochemical techniques and their applications to igneous and
6 Explain how absolute pressure-temperature information is extracted from rock using thermodynamic expressions.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
1, 4, 5
Recommended ResourcesWINTER, J.D. (2008) Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (2nd edition). Prentice Hall, pp. 766. ISBN 0-321-59257-3.
SPEAR, F.S. (1993) Metamorphic phase equilibria and pressure-temperature-time paths. MONOGRAPH. Mineralogical Society of America, Washington, D.C., pp. 799. ISBN 0-939950-34-0.
BARKER, A. J. (1998) Introduction to metamorphic textures and microstructures (Second Edition). Stanley Thornes (Publishers) Ltd., pp. 264. ISBN 0-7487-3985-8.
YARDLEY, B.W.D., MACKENZIE, W.S. & GUILFORD, C. (1990) Atlas of metamorphic rocks and their textures. Longman Scientific and Technical, Harlow, Essex, pp. 120. ISBN 0-582-30166-1
YARDLEY, B.W.D. (1989) An Introduction to Metamorphic Petrology. Addison Wesley Longman, Edinburgh Gate, Harlow, Essex, pp. 248. ISBN 0-582-30096-7.
VERNON, R. H., CLARKE, G.L. (2008) Principles of metamorphic petrology. Cambridge University Press, pp. 446. ISBN 978-0-521-87178-5.
MCBIRNEY, A., 1993: Igneous petrology 2nd Edition. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
FAURE, G., 1986. Principles of isotope geology, 2nd edition, Wiley and Sons.
ROLLINSON., H. 1993. Using geochemical data: evaluation, presentation, interpretation. Longman.
Online LearningAdditional course-related material is available through the online course webpage, MyUni(Canvas). MyUni(Canvas) is the primary form of communication with students in the course and hence students should regularly check the website for important course-related
announcements. Teaching materials, reminders and course documentation will also be posted on this site.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course consists of:
- 2 or 3 hours of lectures/week
- 1 x 4-hour practical class per week
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision)
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week Lecture Practical 1 Review of minerals and metamorphic rocks and processes from Igneous & Metamorphic Geology 2 Revise minerals and rocks in hand specimen and thin section 2 Petrography/intro to thermobarometry Metamorphic petrography 3 Thermobarometry.
Mineral zoning, diffusion and geo-speedometry
Metamorphic petrography 4 Heat flow, heat sources in the continental crust and subduction metamorphism Metamorphic petrography 5 P-T-t paths, role of fluids in metamorphism Metamorphic petrography 6 Mineralisation and metamorphism – the sulfur connection
Constraining absolute rates in metamorphic systems (geochronology)
no practicals (Good Friday holiday) 7 Metamorphic geology short exam (in the two hour lecture slot) Refresher + review of igneous rocks and processes 8
Composition of the earth/major elements
Variation diagrams and excel manipulation project 9 Trace elements/multi-element diagrams Mafic rocks practical 10
Isotopes and their use in petrology
Volcanic arc rocks practical 11 Mantle sources/the mantle array/subduction 1 Granites practical 12
Subduction 2/crustal melting/granites
Work on petrography reports/prac assignments 13
Igneous geology revision session
Petrography reports/prac assignments due by end of session
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance is compulsory at all scheduled Igneous and Metamorphic Geology III practical sessions. The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on petrographic practice. Therefore, missing any practical class in a semester will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course. Students are able to apply for an allowed absence from a practical session for
medical or compassionate reasons by submitting an absence form with appropriate supporting documentation to the course coordinator. Application forms can be downloaded from the MyUni course website.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment Hurdle
Learning Outcome Due Date Metamorphic practical assignments Summative 20% No 1-6 various Igneous processes practical work Summative
No 1-6 various Mid-semester metamorphic geology exam Summative 30% No 1-6 Mid-semester Mid-year Igneous geology exam Summative 30% No 1-6 Mid year exam period
Assessment Related RequirementsThe following course rules apply to Practical Class attendance and its associated assessment:
1. All Practicals will be marked, and are required to be completed and handed in within the Practical Session.
2. You are allowed to miss one Practical Class during the course without explanation. However, you are still required to complete that Practical in your own time, and it must be handed in by email to the course lecturer by 5pm Thursday of the week following the missed Practical. Failure to hand the Practical in by that dead line will result in a score of zero for that Practical.
3. If you miss a second (or more) Practical, you will be required to complete a reason of absence form coupled with the associated evidence of the reason (e.g. medical certificate). That information must be sent to the Lecturer/Course Coordinator for approval. If the reason is medical or compassionate, you will still be required to complete the Practical with a hand in date to be determined by the Lecturer/Course Coordinator. If the reason is any other, you will be required to hand the Practical by email to the course lecturer by 5pm Thursday of the week following the missed Practical. In each case, failure to hand in a revised deadline Practical will result in a score of zero for that Practical.
4. If you are undertaking the course again after a previous attempt(s), you must not use previous practical sheets, answer keys or any material from previous versions of the course in the execution of Practicals. Use of such material will constitute plagiarism.
5. If you miss more than one Practical without explanation, it will result in grade of FAIL being recorded for the course irrespective of your other marks in the course.
Metamorphic Practical work (20%)
These assignments cover the content in the metamorphic practicals.
Igneous geology prac work (20%)
thin section petrography and chemical project work.
Mid-semester Metamorphic geology Exam (30%)
An exam during week 7 2-hour lecture slot. Examines all metamorphic geology course content.
Mid-year Igneous geology exam (30%)
An exam during the midyear examination period. Examines all Igneous geology course content.
SubmissionIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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