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GEOLM038 Experimental Methods in Water-Rock Interaction

AIMS

Using a 'problem-based' (PBL) approach, this course introduces a range of laboratory experimental methods applied to problems involving water-rock interaction in the Earth Sciences.

OUTCOMES

Knowledge of experimental equipment and methodologies used to research problems involving water-rock interaction, with an understanding of the underlying theory and limitations.

CONTENT

The course will introduce the applications and limitations of a range of laboratory experimental methods used to research problems involving water-rock interaction in the Earth Sciences, from the following:

  • X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy (SEM-TEM), e-probe, X-ray fluorescence, chromatography, atomic adsorption spectrophotometry, mass spectrometry, ICP-MS and ICP-AES, fission-track and (U-Th)/He thermochronometry, vitrinite reflectance, K-Ar and Ar-Ar dating, TIMS and SIMS;

There are no formal lectures. The PBL approach involves individual and group-based literature research, seminars, discussions and mini-projects, facilitated by academic staff and supported by research students. The total time commitment for 1 course unit is 300 hours. of this, 4 hours per week over 20 weeks will be timetabled for academic support and/or demonstration.

Title Experimental Methods in Water-Rock Interaction (THE 1 CU VERSION IS NOT RUNNING 2013-14 BUT GEOL3038A WILL BE OFFERED)
UG Code GEOL3038
Coordinator Dr. William Burgess
Other Contributors Prof. P.G. Meredith, Mr. S. Boon
Term 1 & 2
Credit 1.0 CU
Oral Exam With internal examiners (50%) 
Coursework A Portfolio, incorporating a written account of literature research and review, technical discussions and seminars, planning, experimental methods and results, and a synthesis account of the problem under investigation, and contributions made by experimental techniques. (50%)
Pre-Requisites GEOL1004 Dynamic Earth
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement Maths A level, or equivalent.
Total Number of Hours of Student Work 375 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars 20 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 20 hours
Hours of Tutorials 0
Days of Fieldwork 0
Other None
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Title Experimental Methods in Water-Rock Interaction
UG Code GEOL3038A / GEOL3038B
Coordinator Dr. William Burgess (on study leave Term 1 2013-14)
Other Contributors Dr Anne-Lise Jourdan, Mr Steve Boon, Mr Gary Tarbuck, Dr Ian Wood, Prof Jurgen Thurow, Dr Andy Beard
Term GEOL3038A runs in Term 1; (GEOL3038B will not be running in 2013-14)
Credit 0.5 CU
Oral Exam With internal examiners (50%) 
Coursework A Portfolio, incorporating a written account of literature research and review, technical discussions and seminars, planning, experimental methods and results, and a synthesis account of the problem under investigation, and contributions made by experimental techniques. (50%)
Pre-Requisites GEOL1004 Dynamic Earth
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement Maths A level, or equivalent.
Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars 10 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 10 hours
Hours of Tutorials 0
Days of Fieldwork 0
Other None
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