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EA2220 - Minerals and Magmas

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Introduction to the principles of solid state physics, crystallography, mineralogy and petrology. The subject focuses on 1. The description of crystal systems, mineral classification and mineral chemistry. 2. The characterisation and description of igneous rocks in terms of chemistry, mineralogy, texture and tectonic settings. Practical classes are focused on mineral identification using the polarising microscope and igneous rock classification

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the importance of mineralogical sciences and its applications to various fields of Earth Sciences;
  • Demonstrate efficient communication with other geoscientists dealing with minerals and igneous rocks;
  • Operate a polarizing microscope to identify common rock-forming minerals, common types of igneous rocks and associated textures;
  • Apply observations of hand samples and thin sections to determine classifications of igneous rock samples;
  • Identify, describe and explain basic magmatic processes in various tectonic environments.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (20%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: EA1110 plus at least 9 credit points level 1 AN, AR, BZ, EV, MA, MB, PH, SC (BU1004 or BU1104) subjects
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EA2200 EA2210 EA5048

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Helen McCoy-West.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours workshops
  • 26 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Helen McCoy-West.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours workshops
  • 26 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.