GEOLOGY 2502 - Igneous and Metamorphic Geology II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites GEOLOGY 1100
    Assessment Practical work, examination, written assignments
    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 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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This 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).

    Practical material
    The following equipment is required for all Practical Sessions.
    1. Hand lens (10x magnification)
    2. writing implements

    Recommended Resources
    Access 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 Learning
    Additional 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 Modes
    This 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
    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
    Week 3 Growth and Stability of Minerals
    Growth and Stability of Minerals (cont.)
    Determination of Minerals
    Optical Petrography
    Week 4 Lecture test 1: Mineralogy (20%)
    Igneous Rock Nomenclature
    Optical Petrography
    Week 5 Igneous Geology - Magma Generation
    Mafic magmas, Plumes and Oceanic Crust
    Optical Petrography
    Week 6 Mafic magmas, Plumes and Oceanic Crust
    Diversification, Differentiation, Assimilation and Crystal Fractionation
    Phase diagrams
    Week 7 Granitoids from the mantle and Crust
    Tectonic settings of magmatism
    The special case of subduction zones
    Igneous petrography
    Week 8 Q&A and Test Revision
    Lecture test 2: Igneous Geology (20%)
    Igneous petrography
    Week 9 Public Holiday Monday
    What is metamorphism?
    Key Concepts in Metamorphism
    no practicals (Monday public holiday)
    Week 10 Styles and Controls of Metamorphism
    Progressive Metamorphism

    Metamorphic Petrography
    Week 11 Mineral Assemblages in Metapelites
    Mineral Assemblages in Metabasalts
    Fluids in Metamorphism

    Metamorphic Petrography
    Week 12 P-T Paths,
    and their Assemblages

    optional revision for prac exam
    Week 13 Practical Exam Thin Section and Hand samples (30%)
    Lecture test 3: Metamorphic Geology during examinations period (20%)
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance is compulsory at all scheduled Igneous and Metamorphic Geology 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 assessment for grading purposes Hurdle
     Due date Learning Outcome being assessed/achieved
    Short exams Summative


    No 1,4,5,6
    Written prac journal  Summative 10% No end of week 8 2,3,6,7
    Practical exam Summative 30% No 1-7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance 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 Detail
    Theory 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) 
    assessment of your practical journal

    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.
    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 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.
    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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