Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM2312 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (2012)

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MODULE TITLEIgneous and Metamorphic Petrology CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSM2312 MODULE CONVENERDr Jens Andersen (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 9 9
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 27
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Igneous and metamorphic rocks are the products of volcanoes and processes that take place deep within our Earth. This course will teach you about volcanoes, about how magmas are produced in the Earth’s mantle and crust, and about how heat and pressure change rocks and form a record of Earth history. Students learn about the most common techniques used to study these rocks,, including how to use major and trace element chemistry, isotope geochemistry, mineral assemblages, and mineral textures and relationships observed under the optical microscope.

Students may find the course difficult unless they have attended the first level geology and crystallography and mineralogy modules, although they are not formal pre-requisites.

This module is unsuitable for non-specialist students and is not recommended for interdisciplinary pathways unless the pre-requisite modules have been studied.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The module provides an introduction to igneous and metamorphic processes and their plate tectonic context. The module develops skills for the description, identification, and classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1.To develop an understanding of igneous and metamorphic processes and their related mineralogical and geochemical variations
2.To develop skills for the identification, description, identification, and classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks
3.To develop skills for the interpretation of field structures, textures and mineral assemblages.
4.To gain skills for the synthesis and interpretation of compositional variations of igneous and metamorphic rocks.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

5.To gain an appreciation of the changes that occur within the deep parts of the Earth (the lithosphere and asthenosphere) and how deep processes affect the dynamic evolution of the Earth as a system.
 

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

6.The module develops personal observational, descriptive and numerical skills along with self- and time-management.

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Igneous petrology (term 1 and 2): Present day igneous activity; crystallisation processes; magmatic differentiation; binary and ternary phase-diagrams in igneous petrology; suites of magmatic rocks (alkaline, calc-alkaline and tholeiitic); styles of volcanism; classification of volcanic rocks; origin of basalts, andesites, granites, alkaline rocks, and carbonatites; cumulate rocks; igneous rocks of the Archean; major and trace elements in igneous processes; magma source regions; isotopic variations of igneous rocks; an introduction to magmatic ore-forming processes.

 

Metamorphic petrology (term 2): Controls of metamorphism and metamorphic processes; definitions and main settings of metamorphism; metamorphic facies; metamorphic equilibrium and phase diagrams; metamorphic textures; interrelations between metamorphism and deformation; compositional groups; characteristic mineral assemblages of metapelites, metabasites, and metacarbonates in low-, medium- and high-pressure facies series.

 

Practical skills (term 1 and 2): Identification, description and interpretation of igneous and metamorphic textures and mineral assemblages in field, hand specimen, and thin section. Uses of phase diagrams, major and trace elements, and isotopes in petrological studies.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 90.00 Guided Independent Study 210.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 18 Lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 36 Lab sessions
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 36 Fieldwork
Guided independent study 210 Private study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Examination 60 3 hours 1,2,4,5 Exam mark
Work portfolio 40   2-4, 6 Written
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional examination As above August Ref/Def period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 40% and/or 1 Exam 60%

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Web based and electronic resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Winter J.D Principles of igneous and metamorphic petrology Pearson Education 2010 0321592573 [Library]
Set Thorpe R. and Brown G The field description of igneous rocks John Wiley and Sons. 1985 [Library]
Set Rollinson, H.R. Using Geochemical Data: Evaluation, Presentation, Interpretation Longman 1993 0582067014 [Library]
Set Mackenzie, W.S, Donaldson, C.H and Guilford, C. Atlas of igneous rocks and their textures Longman 1982 0582300827 [Library]
Set Barker A.J, Introduction to metamorphic textures and microstructures 2nd Stanley Thornes Ltd. 1998 [Library]
Set Yardley B.W.D An introduction to metamorphic petrology Longman 1989 0582300967 [Library]
Set Fry N. The field description of metamorphic rocks Open University Press 1995 [Library]
Set Passchier, C.W., Myers, J.S. and Kroner, A Field geology of high-grade gneiss terrains. Springer-Verlag, Berlin 1990 [Library]
Set Gill, R. Chemical fundamentals of geology Chapman and Hall 1996 [Library]
Set Yardley, B.W.D., Mackenzie, W.S. and Guilford, C Atlas of metamorphic rocks and their textures Longman 1990 0582301661 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF Level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Igneous metamorphic rocks isotopes earth science geology