- Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
- Teaching department
- Earth Sciences
- Credit value
- GEOL0001 Earth Materials is a prerequisite. GEOL0002 From Petrology to Petrogenesis is recommended.
Alternative credit options
There are no alternative credit options available for this module.
This course aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the nature and origin of igneous rocks, from their formation and distribution to their volcanic exporessions and association with particular plate tectonic settings and to what extent these features have remained the same or changed with time during the geological history of the Earth. The course also builds on fundamental concepts of geochemistry and mineralogy to explain phase behaviour in high temperature systems, and dynamic processes which can, for example, lead to formation of primary igneous ore bodies. Integral practical classes will use both hand specimens and optical mineralogy to understand diagnostic textures - which are used to identify and classify igneous rocks.
By the end of this module students should:
- know the terminology applied to important families of igneous rocks;
- recognize and identify igneous rocks, and their constituent minerals;
- be able to provide a petrographic description of igneous rocks, their mineral compositions and textures;
- understand the processes by which igneous rocks are formed;
- be able to describe the tectonic settings in which igneous rocks occur including a preliminary assessment of volcanic hazard.
GEOL0001 Earth Materials is a prerequisite. GEOL0002 From Petrology to Petrogenesis is recommended.
Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year
Intended teaching term: Term 2 Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 5)
Teaching and assessment
- Mode of study
- Methods of assessment
60% Unseen two and a half hour written examination40% Coursework
- 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.