GEOLOGY 3016 - Igneous and Metamorphic Geology III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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 Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Karin Barovich

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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
    metamorphic processes;
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1-6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    not addressed
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    WINTER, 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 Learning
    Additional 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 Modes
    The course consists of:
    • 2 or 3 hours of lectures/week
    • 1 x 4-hour practical class per week
    Due to high enrolment numbers there are repeat practical classes per week
    Workload

    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 igneous rocks and processes from Ig Met Geology 2 Revise igneous minerals and rocks in hand specimen and thin section, intro to igneous chemical data manipulation
    2 High temperature geochemistry: geochemical behaviour of the elements-Magmatic Differentiation and Major Elements-Trace elements and element partitioning, variation due to melting or fractionation Geochemical data manipulation continued
    3 Isotope geology: The isotope evolution (Nd, Sr, Pb, Hf) in igneous processes and sources and geochronology (isochrons, tracers) Mafic rocks practical
    4 Mantle melting and basalts Subduction magmatism practical
    5 Subduction Granites practical
    6 Granites Work on Practical project
    7 Igneous geology short exam (lecture slot) Refresher + (re)introduction to metamorphic minerals and mineral reactions in metapelitic & metabasic rocks
    8

    Review of Metm II
    Introduction to petrography 

    Petrography/petrology of metapelitic and metabasic rocks
    9
    Petrography Part 3
    Introduction to thermobarometry 
    Petrography/petrology of metapelitic and metabasic rocks
    10

    Introduction to thermobarometry 
    Mineral zoning, diffusion and geo-speedometry 
    Petrography/petrology of metapelitic and metabasic rocks
    11
    Mineral zoning, diffusion and geo-speedometry 
    Heat flow, heat sources in the continental crust and subduction metamorphism 
    Petrography/petrology of metapelitic and metabasic rocks
    12

    Pressure temperature-time paths 
    Role of fluids during metamorphism 
    Petrography review session
    13
    Mineralisation and metamorphism – the sulfur connection
    Constraining absolute rates in metamorphic systems (geochronology) 
    Practical exam on Petrography
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance is compulsory at all scheduled Igneous and Metamorphic Geology III practical sessions
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total assessment
    Hurdle
    Yes/No
    Learning Outcome Due Date
    Igneous processes practical work Summative

    20%

    No 1-6 Weeks 2-8
    Practical exam (metamorphic) Summative 20% No 1-6 Week 13
    Mid-semester Igneous geology exam Summative

    30% No 1-6 Mid-semester
    Mid-year Metamorphic geology exam Summative 30% No 1-6 Mid year exam period
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance is compulsory at all scheduled practical is compulsory. The learning outcomes for this course are substantially
    dependent on this hands-on experience and practice.  Therefore, missing any practical class session in a semester without an allowed
    absence will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course.
    Assessment Detail

    Igneous geology  prac work (20%)
    project work.

    In class Metamorphic Practical Exam (20%)

    This exam is held in the normal practical class (4 hours duration) in week 12. It covers the content in the metamorphic practicals to that time.


    Mid-semester Igneous geology exam (30%)
    During a lecture slot. Examines all Igneous geology course content.

    Mid-Year Metamorphic geology Exam  (30%)
    An exam during the mid-year exam period.  Examines all metamorphic geology course content.

    Submission
    If 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
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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