GEOLOGY 2502 - Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 2502 Course Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II Coordinating Unit School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week, plus field trip Prerequisites GEOLOGY 1100 Course Description Mineralogy (mineral chemistry, classification and structure) , minimum optical mineralogy and crystallography required to use the petrographic microscope. Petrography, mineralogy, classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Introduction to methods of rock and mineral analysis (XRD, XRF, electron microprobe).
Details of the field trip communicated at the start of the course.
Course Coordinator: Dr Justin Payne
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Explain the basic principles of crystallography and mineralogy. 2 Identify and classify the common rock-forming minerals in igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand sample and thin section. 3 Identify and classify the common igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand sample and thin section 4 Know and understand the basic classification schemes for igneous rocks 5 Explain the basic processes for the formation of igneous and metamorphic rocks 6 Identify how the chemistry, structure and texture of a rock can be used to interpret past geological processes and the history of the earth. 7 Work in small groups to research and collate information on a given topic to gain an understanding of geological processes
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,5,6,7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2,3,6,7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,6,7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-7 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6,7
Required ResourcesThis course will require the following texts and other resources:
Access to textbook:
Klein, C. & Philpotts, A. (2013) Earth Materials: introduction to mineralogy and petrology. Cambridge University Press, pp. 533 ISBN 978-0-521-14521-3
Hard and Electronic copes of Klein and Philpotts are available through the University of Adelaide Library. Klein and Philpotts provides a close match to the mineralogy and basic igneous and metamorphic petrology aspects of the course while Winter (see Recommended Resources) provides more in-depth discussion of various aspects of igneous rocks (in particular) and is the course textbook for Igneous and Metamorphic Geology III (GEOLOGY 3016).
Practical and Fieldtrip material
The following equipment is required for all Practical Sessions and the one-day field trip.
1. Hand lens (10x magnification)
2. Field notebook
Recommended ResourcesAccess to Textbook:
WINTER, J.D. (2008) Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (2nd edition). Prentice Hall, pp. 766. ISBN 0-321-59257-3.
Winter is available as hard copy through the University of Adelaide Library.
Online LearningAdditional course-related material is available through MyUni. MyUni is the primary form of communication with students in the course and hence students should regularly check the MyUni
website for important course-related announcements. Teaching materials, field trip info, reminders and course documentation will also be posted on this site.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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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 Lectures Practical Week 1 1.Introduction & Minerals Revisited
2.The Structure of Minerals
Rock Sample ID & Chemistry of Rocks Week 2 4.The Chemistry of Minerals
5.Mineral Groups based upon Chemistry
6.Optical Properties of Minerals
Rock Sample ID and Mineral
Week 3 7.Growth and Stability of Minerals
8.Growth and Stability of Minerals (cont.)
9.Determination of Minerals
Optical Petrography - Minerals Week 4 10. Igneous Geology – Magma Generation
11. Igneous Rock Nomenclature
12.Short Exam - Mineralogy
Optical Petrography - Minerals and Igneous Rocks Week 5 13. Tectonic Settings of Modern Magmatism
14. More Phase Diagrams ‐Igneous Applications
15. Mafic magmas, Plumes and Oceanic Crust
Optical Petrology - Felsic Igneous Rocks Week 6 16-17. Diversification, Differentiation, Assimilation and Crystal Fractionation
18. Intro to Week 7 Assignment - Isotope Geochemistry
Phase Diagrams and Mafic Rock Petrography Week 7 19. Granitoids ‐ From the mantle and Crust
20. The special case of subduction zones
21. Week 7 Assignment Review
Optical Petrology and Hand
Sample ID - Granites
Week 8 22. Group Assignment and Revision
No Thursday Lecture
23. Short Exam – Igneous Geology
Metamorphic Hand Sample ID Week 9 Public Holiday Monday
24. What is metamorphism?
25. Key Concepts in Metamorphism
No Formal Prac – Petrology Review Week 10 26.Styles and Controls of Metamorphism
Metamorphic Petrology Week 11 29.Mineral Assemblages in Metapelites
30.Mineral Assemblages in Basalts
31. Fluids in Metamorphism
Metamorphic Petrology Week 12 32. P-T Paths
33.P-T Paths and their Assemblages
34.Optional Catch-up Lecture/ Revision
Ig and Metm Petrology Review Week 13 Practical Exam ‐ Thin Section and Hand sample
Specific Course RequirementsThis course includes a one day field trip.
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Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
Due date Learning Outcome being assessed/achieved Short Exams Summative
No 1,4,5,6 Practical assignments Formative and Summative 12% No 2,3,4,5,6 Lecture assignments Formative and Summative 8% No 1, 4, 5, 6 Group field work Formative and Summative 10% No 2,3,6,7 Practical exam Summative 20% No 2,3,4,5,6
Assessment DetailTheory assessment (50% of total)
Will consist of three X 1 hour short exams of equal weighting. Two exams will be scheduled in lecture slots in the course of the semester and the final exam will be scheduled during the end of year exam period.
Practical Assignments (12% of total)
Assignments will be completed as part of each practical session throughout the semester. In some instances an assignment may extend over two weeks. To ensure on-going formative feedback during the semester the practical assignments will be marked using a combination of in-practical peer marking and academic marking.
Individual Assignments/Lecture Preparation Assignments (8% of total)
Each week a series of short answer questions will be assigned to be completed and submitted. Four of the assignments will be chosen to each contribute up to 2% of marks. The assessment of these assignments is designed as assessment for learning rather than assessment of learning. Answers for those not marked will be posted online immediately after the due date. These assignments provide feedback on individual progress and are considered as review for exams as short answer questions in the exam are drawn in part from the lecture assignments. The marked assignments are selected from across the course topics.
Field Trip Activities (10% of total)
The class will be divided into groups of three to conduct a group research assignment related to aspects of the single-day field trip that will be completed as part of the course. This research component will be linked to a series of questions and assessment activities that will be undertaken on the field trip. A group mark will be assigned for the field component and overall coherency and presentation of the group assignment with an individual mark assigned for the quality of the individual’s contribution to the research assignment. The marks will be assigned as follows:
1. 30% of the mark – Mark for the assignment as a whole
2. 30% of the mark – Mark for the section of the assignment that the individual completed
3. 10% of the mark – Peer-Assessment mark (Review provided by fellow group members)
4. 30% of the mark – Mark for the work that is completed on the field trip
Practical Exam (20% of total)
The practical examination in Week 13 will test ability to identify the minerals and rock types you have practiced throughout the semester. It will include a set of rock samples and petrographical thin-sections to identify and describe.
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 the assignment 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 late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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