- 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.
This course provides an introduction to petrology and will aim:
• to introduce the principal building blocks of the Earth Sciences: rocks, minerals and their composition, formation and origins;
• to summarise the formation of the elements at the Big Bang and distribution of the elements throughout both the solar system and the periodic table;
• to show how elements combine to produce crystal forms, introducing the principles of crystallography and mineralogy;
• to demonstrate how minerals combine to form rocks;
• to outline the petrogenesis and variety of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.
The course will provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of rocks and minerals plus a knowledge of the available tools for their identification and the scientific language used in their description.
Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year
Intended teaching term: Term 2 Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 4)
Teaching and assessment
- Mode of study
- Delivery includes
- Field Trips
- Methods of assessment
50% Unseen two-hour written examination40% Field notebooks10% Practical
- Mark scheme
- Numeric Marks
- Number of students on module in previous year
- Module leader
- Professor Adrian Jones
- Who to contact for more information
This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.