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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.

For more information refer to Excursion 2020 (PDF 132KB).


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 2021

Unit name Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry
Unit code KEA304
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Prof Leonid Danyushevsky

Teaching staff

Dr Paul Olin

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



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KEA208 and KEA209


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


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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