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EA3100 - Igneous Petrology and Processes

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences (pre 2015)

An advanced course in the petrology, mineralogy and geochemistry of igneous rocks. The subject provides an overview of petrological processes in magmatic environments with thermodynamic and geochemical tools. The subject material also covers various magmatic association on Earth and their relation to plate tectonics and the evolution of the Earth

Learning Outcomes

  • obtain an advanced understanding of igneous petrology and the application of geochemistry to magmatic environments;
  • application of igneous petrology to understand the geodynamics of modern Earth;
  • further develop skills for identifying minerals, rocks and associated textures under the microscope, and apply these skills to making petrogenetic interpretation of rock;
  • introduction to the application of trace element and isotopic geochemistry to igneous environments;
  • understand how global tectonics work and influence crustal growth of Earth.
Prerequisites: AT LEAST 12 CREDITS AT LEVEL 2 INCLUDING EA2220
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
EA5041

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Cassian Pirard
Lecturer: Assoc. Professor Carl Spandler.
Workload expectations:
  • 25 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); quizzes or tests (10%); essays (20%); assignments (20%).

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