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EA3130 - Advanced Petrology

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

This is an advanced subject in the petrology and geochemistry of igneous and metamorphic rocks. The subject provides an overview of petrological processes in magmatic and metamorphic environments with thermodynamic and geochemical tools. The subject also covers the various magmatic and metamorphic processes in relation to plate tectonics and the evolution of the Earth.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a coherent body of knowledge about processes operating to produce magmatic activity and igneous rocks in various tectonic settings;
  • Integrate geochemical and isotopic approaches to evaluate magmatic processes in different igneous environments;
  • Discuss the main concepts, controls, and reactions associated with different types of metamorphism;
  • Identify minerals, rocks, textures, and evidence of processes under the microscope and in hand sample;
  • Integrate observations of igneous samples and thin sections with knowledge of igneous and metamorphic rocks to produce petrogenetic interpretations of the samples.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Written > Field report - (15%) - Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (25%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: EA1110 EA2220


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Workload expectations:

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

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops
  • 6 hours fieldwork
  • 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.