GEOL242-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Rocks, Minerals and Ores

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021

Description

An introduction to mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and related ore deposits, and their use in interpretation of geological environments. Students will be introduced to geologic processes sensitive to pressure, temperature and volatile availability, including magma crystallisation and gold mineralisation.

The course will provide an introduction to mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and related ore deposits.  Basic principles of mineralogy and microscopy will be built upon to describe and interpret igneous, metamorphic, and economically important rocks and minerals. The practical work involves naming and describing hand samples of common minerals, rocks and ores. Each student will be allocated a microscope for the laboratory work, and selected samples will be also be examined and described in thin section and/or polished mounts using transmitted light microscopy.

The lectures provide a theoretical background to some of the practical work (such as optical mineralogy and rock classification), but also provide an introduction to important mineralogical rock- and ore-forming processes. Students will be introduced to geological processes sensitive to pressure, temperature and volatile availability, including magma crystallisation and gold mineralisation. The course will show clearly how rocks and minerals can used to interpret various geological environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students successfully completing this course will:
  • Identify and describe common rock-forming and economically significant minerals, as well as igneous and metamorphic rocks, using both the microscope and hand specimens.
  • Apply mineralogical properties and concepts, such as crystal structure and solid solution, to explain the composition and texture of rocks and mineral deposits in different crustal contexts.
  • Apply the relevant concepts of chemistry and physics to explain mineral, igneous, metamorphic and ore-forming processes using examples from New Zealand and the rest of the world.
  • Be enthusiastic about field and laboratory-based mineralogy and petrology.
  • Appreciate that skills practiced in mineralogy, petrology and ore geology will be useful in any future career (geological or otherwise).
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Pre-requisites

GEOL111 and any 15 points at 100 level from GEOL.

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 E16 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 A5 Lecture Theatre (24/2-31/3)
E16 Lecture Theatre (28/4-2/6)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 F3 Lecture Theatre (22/2-29/3)
A6 Lecture Theatre (3/5-31/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 13:30 Ernest Rutherford 221 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Thursday 15:00 - 17:30 Ernest Rutherford 221 Geog/Geol Teaching Lab
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Timetable Note

3 lectures per week that include laptop based in-class assignments. Bring your laptop to lectures.
1 lab (2.5 hours) per week.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ben Kennedy

Lecturer

Alex Nichols

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In-class assitnments/lab completion 10%
Practice lab exam and reflection exercise 20%
Final lab exam 30%
Final Exam 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Robb, L. J; Introduction to ore-forming processes; Blackwell Pub., 2005.

Shelley, David; Optical mineralogy; 2nd ed; Elsevier, 1985 (Can be purchased from School of Earth & Environment).

Winter, John D; Principles of igneous and metamorphic petrology; 2nd ed; Prentice Hall, 2010.

Notes

The required Prerequisites for GEOL242 are GEOL111 "Planet Earth" and GEOL115 "Dynamic Earth System", or,  GEOL113 "Environmental Geohazards".

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 30 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.

All GEOL242 Occurrences

  • GEOL242-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021