Mineralogy and Crystallograpy

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mineralogy and Crystallograpy

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GEO1009F (or EGS1004S or AGE1004H from 2015) and GEO1006S, CEM1000W or equivalent.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course covers the fundamentals of physical and chemical mineralogy as a basis for senior courses in petrology. The course comprises four inter-related sections as follows: crystallography, crystallographic calculati
    ons and a brief introduction to X-ray crystallography; Crystal optics: the theory and practice of identifying minerals by means of the polarising microscope; Mineralogy: the chemical, physical and optical properties of select
    ed groups of rock-forming minerals; Phase diagrams: interpretation of one, two and simple three component phase diagrams.

    DP requirements: Attendance at 80% of practicals and an average of 30% in all marked class work and tests.

    Assessment: Marked class work, including tests, count 20%; one 2-hour practical examination in June counts 30%; one 2-hour theory paper in June counts 50%. Subminima of 40% are required in practical and theory examination papers.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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