Geology 232 (Crystals, Minerals, and Rocks)

University of the Western Cape

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Geology 232 (Crystals, Minerals, and Rocks)

  • Host University

    University of the Western Cape

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ESC 111, 121 or equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4 - 5
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6 - 7.5
  • Overview

    Main Outcomes
    On completion of this module a student will be able to:
    · Identify crystal forms and systems
    · Identify minerals based on their properties
    · Know the principles of interaction between light and crystalline material and use
    it in the identification of minerals
    · Use a polarization microscope in the identification of minerals in thin section
    · Understand the basic principles of geochemistry as it related to minerals and rocks
    · Be aware of the basic principles / processes of sediment deposition and depositional
    · Describe sedimentary rocks. Have a conceptual understanding of the classification
    of sedimentary rocks and associated textures

    Main Content
    · Principles of crystallography
    · The formation of minerals and their identification
    · Atomic theory, electron configuration, periodic table
    · Bonding in minerals and element substitution
    · Theory of light interaction with crystalline material
    · Identification of rocks and minerals in hand specimen and under the polarization
    · Classification of sedimentary rocks and associated textures.

    Breakdown of Learning Time:
    Contact with lecturer / tutor: 42 hours, 3 3-hour lectures per week
    Assignments & tasks: 60 hours, 1 6-hour practical per week
    Practicals: 84 hours
    Tests & examinations: 30 hours
    Self study: 84 hours

    Total Learning Time: 300 hours

    Methods of Student Assessment: CFA
    Continuous assessment=50%
    Final assessment= 50%

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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