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Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry KEA304


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.


Unit name Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry
Unit code KEA304
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences
Coordinator Professor Leonid Danyushevsky
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • understand the major magmatic rock associations, their mineralogy, classification, and their associations with particular tectonic settings.
  • understand the key processes that control the evolution and emplacement of igneous rocks, including partial melting, fractional crystallisation and crustal contamination and mixing processes.
  • understand principles of deriving mineral formulas and normative mineralogy from the compositions of igneous rocks and minerals.
  • learn simple graphical and computational/numeric methods for using geochemical and isotopic data to determine the age, evolution and petrogenesis of igneous rocks.
  • confidently use a petrographic microscope to interpret the mineralogy and texture of the major associations of igneous rocks, and develop reasoning based on evidence from mineralogy and chemistry of rocks.
  • basic knowledge of the effect of alteration on the compositions of igneous rocks.
  • enhance scientific literacy via writing succinct and accurate descriptions of thin sections of igneous rocks.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010703 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00

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Teaching Pattern

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

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