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EA5048 - Minerals and Magmas

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Mineralogy as applied to rocks, sediments and soils. Applications of the polarising microscope to mineral identification and textural interpretation of Earth materials. Introductory mineral chemistry and its applications. Characterisation and description of igneous rocks in terms of major element geochemistry, mineralogy, texture, genetic processes and tectonic setting. Characterisation of metamorphic rocks. Metamorphic facies, isograds and thermal metamorphism.

Learning Outcomes

  • acquisition of the observational skills and knowledge to interpret the textures of common rocks in terms of rock-forming processes;
  • to develop an appreciation of the genetic processes and crustal settings of igneous and metamorphic rocks;
  • to develop skills and knowledge for the recognition of minerals in hand specimens and to classify common types of rocks;
  • to provide an introduction to the techniques of determinative mineralogy and mineral chemistry including optical microscopy, X-ray diffractometry and electron probe microanalysis.

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.
EA2200 EA2210 EA2220


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Coord/Lect: Dr Helen McCoy-West.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 32 hours practicals
  • 24 hours online interactive lectures
  • 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.