Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Earth Materials i: Introduction to Geochemistry
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written exam  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  • a broad knowledge of general geochemistry
  • how geochemistry can be applied to the understanding of 'whole Earth' processes such as planetary differentiation into core, mantle and crust, and to the processes of magma generation, metamorphism and sedimentation
  • the application of geochemistry to environmental and health issues.


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 module considers the origin of the elements, their geochemical classification and behaviour. The distribution of elements within the Earth as a whole will be considered and their behaviour during the major geological processes will be discussed. Applications of isotope geochemistry will described. Finally, 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