Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Earth Materials ii: Practicals in Geochemistry
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 11 x 3 Hour Practicals


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment  Weekly Submission of Laboratory Practicals  100%
Supplementary Assessment NOT available. There is no re-sit available for this practically based course 

Learning Outcomes

On succesful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • a broad knowledge of the general geochemistry of rocks and minerals
  • how numerical methods in geochemistry can be applied to the understanding of 'rhole Earth? processes such as partial melting and magmatic evolution and global isotopic evolution
  • the relationship between the geochemistry of the primary and secondary environment
  • In addition, students will be able to recognise the main rock groups and rock forming minerals both in hand specimen and in thin section, and will be able to relate these features to the chemistry of rocks.


To introduce students to the basic principles of geochemistry and its applications, and to outline the relationships which exist between the geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology of the solid materials which make up the planet.

Brief description

This practical based module will relate rock and mineral chemistry to their modes of origins through a series of petrological and numerical practicals, and will provide an integrated approach to the origins of crustal materials through magma genesis and evolution. Isotopic evolution of crustal rocks will also be considered. The applications of geochemistry will be discussed in relation to environmental quality, describing the relationship between natural background, derived from the underlying rocks and modifications due to human activity.


This module is at CQFW Level 5