GEOLOGY 2502 - Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code GEOLOGY 2502 Course Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week, plus field trip Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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: Professor Karin Barovich
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 practical skills relevant to igneous and metamorphic geology 2 Explain the basic principles of crystallography and mineralogy 3 Identify and classify the common rock-forming minerals in igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand sample and thin section 4 Identify and classify the common igneous and metamorphic rocks in hand sample and thin section 5 Know and understand the basic classification schemes for igneous rocks 6 Explain the basic processes for the formation of igneous and metamorphic rocks 7 Identify how the chemistry, structure and texture of a rock can be used to interpret past geological processes and the history of the earth 8 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) 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)
1-8 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
5-8 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
8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-8 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
Required ResourcesThis course highly recommends 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).
The following equipment is required for all Practical Sessions.
1. Hand lens (10x magnification)
2. writing implements
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 the new 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 ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
- 2 or 3 X 1-hour lectures each week
- 1 x 4-hour practical each 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
Lecture test 3: Metamorphic Geology during examinations period (20%)
Schedule Lectures Practical Week 1 Introduction & Minerals Revisited
The Structure of Minerals
mineral/rock review Week 2 The Chemistry of Minerals
Mineral Groups based upon Chemistry
Optical Properties of Minerals
Optical Petrography - Minerals Week 3 Growth and Stability of Minerals
Growth and Stability of Minerals (cont.)
Determination of Minerals
Optical Petrography - Minerals Week 4 Lecture test 1: Mineralogy (20%)
Igneous Rock Nomenclature
Phase diagrams Week 5 Igneous Geology - Magma Generation
Tectonic Settings of Modern Magmatism
Phase diagrams and Igneous Processes
Vocalnics/mafics petrography Week 6 Mafic magmas, Plumes and Oceanic Crust
Diversification, Differentiation, Assimilation and Crystal Fractionation
Granitoid Petrography Week 7 Granitoids from the mantle and Crust
Granitoids from the mantle and Crust (cont)
The special case of subduction zones
no formal practical: optional petrography practice Week 8 Written Assignment Q&A and Test Revision
Lecture test 2: Igneous Geology (20%)
metamorphic hand sample ID Week 9 Public Holiday Monday
What is metamorphism?
Key Concepts in Metamorphism
no practicals (Monday public holiday) Week 10 Styles and Controls of Metamorphism
Metamorphic Petrology Week 11 Mineral Assemblages in Metapelites
Mineral Assemblages in Metabasalts
Fluids in Metamorphism
Written assignment due (10%)
Metamorphic Petrology Week 12 P-T Paths,
and their Assemblages
optional revision for prac exam Week 13 Practical Exam Thin Section and Hand sample (30%)
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance is compulsory at all scheduled Igneous and Metamorphic Geology practical sessions
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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 Written assignment Summative 10% No end of week 11 2,3,6,7 Practical exam Summative 30% No 1-7
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance is compulsory at all scheduled Igneous and Metamorphic Geology practical sessions. The learning outcomes for this course
are substantially dependent on this hands-on experience and practice. Therefore, missing any practical class or field session in a semester without an allowed absence will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course.
Assessment DetailTheory assessment (60% of total)
Will consist of three X 50 minute 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.
Written assignment (10% of total)
A written assignment related to aspects of magmatic or metamorphic processes.
Practical Exam (30% 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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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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