- Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
- Teaching department
- Earth Sciences
- Credit value
Alternative credit options
There are no alternative credit options available for this module.
Through laboratory work, the course introduces students to:
• the chemistry and physical properties of minerals;
• morphological elements of crystallography;
• the optical properties of minerals, introduced in conjunction with use of the petrographic microscope;
• the physical, chemical and optical properties of the major rock-forming mineral groups.
Students will become familiar with the following concepts:
• phase diagrams;
• atomic structure and bonding in crystalline solids;
• principles of structural architecture: including close packing, coordination, number, interstitial sites, coordination polyedral;
• elementary crystallography;
• principles of crystal optics;
• use of the polarizing microscope.
In additon, they will have a thorough knowledge of the physical, chemical and optical properties of the major rock-forming mineral groups.
Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year
Intended teaching term: Term 1 Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 4)
Teaching and assessment
- Mode of study
- Methods of assessment
48% Four practical write-ups (900 words maximum + diagrams)12% One hand-specimen test (100 words)40% Ten short question sheets
- Mark scheme
- Numeric Marks
The methods of assessment for affiliate students may be different to those indicated above. Please contact the department for more information.
- Number of students on module in previous year
- Module leader
- Dr Dominic Papineau
- Who to contact for more information
This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.