Mineralogy and Geochemistry

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mineralogy and Geochemistry

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    The module consists of linked lectures, online teaching and practical classes in the first half the semester,
    followed by a group research project. The practical classes use the petrological (polarizing) microscope as a
    tool for the description and identification of minerals. They cover plane polarized light and crossed polarized
    light techniques and their use for the systematic description of common rock-forming minerals. The textural
    difference between igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic and hydrothermal rocks will be examined under the
    microscope and explained. Lectures will outline the optical theory required to understand polarized light
    observations; introduce chemical concepts used in geochemistry including elements and ions, the Periodic
    Table, chemical bonding, balanced chemical reactions and partition coefficients; introduce concepts in
    crystallography and mineralogy including atomic structure, crystal symmetry, chemical substitution and solid
    solution, exsolution and polymorphism; outline how silicate minerals are classified; introduce the
    relationships between mineral atomic structure, chemical, optical and other physical properties; and
    examine the evidence for the average chemical composition of the Earth and of its crust, mantle and core.
    The lectures will be supplemented by online material supported by self-assessment quizzes. The group project
    will employ the petrological microscope and chemical analyses of minerals to determine the chemistry and
    mineralogy of a suite of rocks to better understand their origin and economic or environmental significance.
    Students will produce individual written reports and a group presentation to present their findings to the

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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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