Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM1262 - Crystallography and Mineralogy (2011)

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MODULE TITLECrystallography and Mineralogy CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM1262 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated)
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
To acquire knowledge of crystals and the common rock-forming minerals and gain experience in recognising minerals in hand specimen and thin section
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)
SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
The fundamentals of crystallography, crystal symmetry, crystal forms and Miller indices Chemical bonding of atoms; the phenomena of isomorphism, exsolution, polymorphism and twinning Classification of minerals; structure of silicates; systematic mineralogy of common rock-forming minerals. Uses of transmitted light microscopy. Plane polarization and colour. Definition of refractive index. Optical anisotropy. Crystallographic control of optical anisotropy; refractive indices required to specify isotropic, uniaxial and biaxial minerals. Becke line test. Dispersion. Interference colours and their relationship to anisotropic minerals. Relationship between birefringence, thickness and path difference. Theory and use of accessory plates. Use of plates to identify high order white interference colours and slow/fast vibration directions. Extinction angles and their classification. Sign of optic elongation. Uniaxial optics; ordinary and extraordinary rays and their relationship to crystal symmetry. Biaxial optics; terminology of refractive indices and possible relationships to crystal symmetry. Optic sign and the biaxial indicatrix, 2V angles. Interference figures and other uses.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
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Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities Guided Independent Study Placement / Study Abroad
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 25 Written Exams 75 Practical Exams
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DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES
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CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 1 (NQF Level 4) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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