Introduction to Mineralogy

Subject GEOL90032 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

April, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 11-Apr-2016
Teaching Period 18-Apr-2016 to 22-Apr-2016
Assessment Period End 29-Apr-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 12-Apr-2016
Census Date 18-Apr-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Apr-2016

May, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start 23-May-2016
Teaching Period 30-May-2016 to 03-Jun-2016
Assessment Period End 10-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 24-May-2016
Census Date 30-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 04-Jun-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 40 contact hours: 11 hours of lectures, 29 hours practical exercises.
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Knowledge of third-year geology strongly recommended.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Kevin Walsh


Subject Overview:

This is a 5-day course of lectures, practical sessions, and laboratory visits focussed on modern mineral identification techniques. The course will include demonstrations of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and electron microprobe analysis (EMPA). A revision of basic mineralogy concepts will be provided, before visiting Melbourne Museum to use some of the museum's mineralogy facilities (including the XRD) and a tour of the museum's mineral collection provided by the museum's senior geoscience curator. Students will be introduced to EMPA and analyse their samples using the SEM. A practical on how to evaluate the quality of geochemical data and how they should be presented will also be included.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate the quality of geochemical data using modern mineral indentification techniques;
  • learn how to recognize the relationship between mineral phases and geological processes;
  • learn how to use modern laboratory methods of mineral identification.
  • 1500 word project report, due one week after the last day of classes (70%)
  • 15 minute project presentation, due last day of teaching period (30%)

Hurdle requirement: the completion of daily exercises (not assessed) throughout the teaching period.

Prescribed Texts:

Pre-reading to be completed in the pre-teaching period.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Exercise critical judgement;
  • undertake rigorous and independent thinking;
  • adopt a problem-solving approach to new and unfamiliar tasks;
  • develop high-level written report and/or oral presentation skills;
  • interrogate, synthesise and interpret the published literature;
  • work as part of a team.
Related Course(s): Master of Geoscience
Master of Science (Earth Sciences)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Earth Sciences
Honours Program - Earth Sciences

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