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Introduction to Mineralogy (GEOL90032)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGEOL90032
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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. At the University of Melbourne, students will be introduced to in-house analysis techniques (e.g. SEM, EMPA, ICP-MS, micro-CT), taught how to evaluate the quality of resultant data, and how such data should be presented.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Familiarity with modern laboratory methods of mineral identification/sample characterisation

  • Evaluate the quality of geochemical data

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.

Last updated: 5 July 2019