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EA5041 - Igneous Petrology and Processes

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

An advanced course in the petrology 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 associations on Earth and the 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;
  • introduction to the application of trace element and isotopic geochemistry to igneous environments;
  • understand how global tectonics work and influence crustal growth on Earth;
  • further develop skills for identifying minerals, rocks and associated textures under the microscope, and apply these skills to making petro genetic interpretations of rock.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Carl Spandler.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
  • 8 hours fieldwork
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (10%); essays (20%); assignments (20%).

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.