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APG 232

Undergraduate Programmes - Applied Geology Programme

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Earth Sciences

Module Topic

Geochemistry, Mineralogy & Sedimentology

Generic Module Name

Geology 232

Alpha-numeric Code

APG 232

Credit Value

30

Duration

S

Proposed semester

Second semester

Programmes in which the module will be offered

BSc Applied Geology

Level

6

Main Outcomes

On completion of this module student will be able to:

  •  Know the principles of interaction between light and crystalline material and use it in the identification of minerals 
  • Identify major rocks and minerals in hand specimen 
  • Use a polarization microscope in the identification of minerals in thin sections 
  • Relate basic principles of chemistry to geological processes 
  • Solve geological problems through application of chemistry 
  • Understand geochemistry as a principle in Earth Science
  • Be aware of the basic principles/ processes of sediment deposition and depositional environment 
  • Describe sedimentary rocks 
  • Have a conceptual understanding of the classification of sedimentary rocks and associated textures

 

Main Content

  •  Theory of light interaction with crystalline material
  •  Identification of rocks and minerals in hand specimen and under the polarization microscope 
  • Crystallography
  • Basic principles of chemistry and application in geology; atomic theory, electron configuration, periodic table, radioactivity etc 
  • Rocks minerals and element substitution
  • Surface solution equilibria; Radiometric dating
  •  Geochemical cycle of the elements

Pre-requisite modules

APG131, 132 or equivalent

Co-requisite modules

None

Prohibited module Combination

None

A.Breakdown of Learning Time

Hours

B. Time-table  Requirement per week

Contact with lecturer / tutor:

42

Lectures p.w.

3 (3 hours)

Assignments & tasks:

60

Practicals p.w.

1 (6 hours)

Practicals:

84

Tutorials p.w.

0

Tests & examinations:

30

Selfstudy

84

Total Learning Time

300

Methods of Student Assessment : CFA

Continuous assessment=50%

Final assessment= 50%

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