Courses & Units

Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry KEA304

Hobart

Note:

Compulsory 6-day excursion before the start of semester 1 is assessed by field tests and a mapping exercise. Students are expected to contribute towards excursion accommodation costs.

Introduction

This unit provides a systematic description and quantitative interpretation of magmatic rocks within a plate tectonic framework. Lectures cover an introduction to igneous petrology and geochemistry, and key aspects of the mineralogy, textures, classification and origin of the main types of igneous rocks. Laboratory work includes practical exercises aimed at mastering tools and techniques used in igneous petrology and geochemistry, tutorials on optical mineralogy, and hand sample and microscope investigations of igneous and rocks. Topics covered in the first part of the course introduce the necessary tools and techniques. The remainder of the course will apply these methods to a survey of the major igneous rock associations on Earth. The unit also involves a 6-day field excursion that precedes the beginning of semester 1. The field trip examines the geology of western Tasmania and provides practical experience in mapping and interpreting complex outcrops. Daily field tests and a mapping exercise are included in the course assessment.

This unit is designed to bring students' knowledge of these topics up to graduate level, adequate for school teaching and for continuation into 4thyear (honours), which is now recognised as the minimum professional level of training. This course is required for undertaking Honours in General Geology, Economic Geology, Environmental Geology and Marine Geoscience, and Desirable for Honours in  Geophysics.

Summary

Unit name Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry
Unit code KEA304
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Physical Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator

Prof Leonid Danyushevsky

Teaching staff

Prof Leonid Danyushevsky, Dr Paul Olin, Dr Sasha Stepanov

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic

Key

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International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

Band Field of Education

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Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.

Requisites

Prerequisites

KEA208 and KEA209

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly and a total of 18 2-hr laboratory practicals during semester 1;  6 day excursion before the start of semester

Assessment

practical exam and continuous assessment, including field tests and a mapping exercise during the excursion (45%), 2-hr theory exam in June (55%)

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Textbooks

Required

Information about textbook requirements is available in the Unit Outline.

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