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GEOL0008 Geochemistry

This module aims at introducing the basic principles of chemistry to Earth systems, including bonds in minerals, chemical composition of rocks and aqueous solutions, and isotopes as tracers and clocks.

Coordinator:TBA

Module details
TitleGeochemistry
UG CodeGEOL0008
CoordinatorTBA
Other Contributors 
Term1
Credit15 credits
Written Exam 
Coursework100% coursework
Pre-RequisitesNone
Maths & Stats Content and RequirementGeneral GCSE-level (or equivalent) knowledge of maths
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars20 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes20 hours
Hours of Tutorials0
Days of Fieldwork0
OtherNone
Categorizing Student Performance Levels
Content

The module provides an introduction to the principles of chemistry as they apply to the Earth system. Fundamental concepts of geochemistry will be learned in class lectures and in practicals focused on chemical bonding, mineral types and stability, stable and radioactive isotopes, aqueous geochemistry, low-temperature chemical reactions, and organic geochemistry. Practical sessions will cement this knowledge as will a term project comparing natural and processed waters by giving the students the opportunity to analyse real world data of practical importance.

By the end of this module students will be able to provide a sound basis for considering the fundamental chemical processes operating in the Earth system, including bonding and minerals, isotopes and fluid chemistry.

OUTCOMES

To provide a sound basis for considering the fundamental chemical processes operating in the Earth system, including bonding and minerals, isotopes and fluid chemistry. The course aims to provide a foundation for further study of mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry and hydrogeology.