EARTH211-19A (HAM)

Earth Resources and Materials

15 Points

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Paper Description

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An introduction to the nature, composition and origin of earth resources and materials. Topics covered include: minerals in society and their properties; origin of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; volcanological and sedimentary processes and the importance of earth materials as sources for resources used by society.

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Paper Structure

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Students should attend two formal one-hour lectures and one laboratory class per week.

The programme of lectures and laboratory topics are provided in a timetable available on Moodle.

The paper is supported by learning resources accessed via Moodle. Panopto (recorded lectures) will be available for lectures.


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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe and identify key mineral and rock types in hand specimen and under the microscope.
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  • Identify mineral properties and place into context of their use in society as resources.
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  • Explain the origin of various igneous and metamorphic rock types, and relationships between these rock types.
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  • Describe the texture, structures and composition of sedimentary rocks and understand how these relate to surface processes.
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Assessment

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Students must download further information and supporting documents from Moodle.

Internally assessed work consists of laboratory-based exercises (mineral catalogue, igneous and metamorphic rock lab exercise, sedimentary rock lab exercise), a practical test and a laboratory-based report. Theoretical aspects of the paper will be assessed in the final exam.

The laboratory-based exercises will be provided to students in class and posted on Moodle, and students should be able to complete these during the allocated laboratory time. Information about the Earth materials investigation report will be posted on Moodle and discussed in class; the report will incorporate activities undertaken during the allocated laboratory time and will require further work outside class time in order to complete successfully. The practical test will be undertaken during lab time.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Mineral catalogue
12 Mar 2019
No set time
5
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. Igneous and metamorphic rock lab exercise
2 Apr 2019
No set time
15
  • Hand-in: In Lab
3. Sedimentary rock lab exercise
30 Apr 2019
No set time
10
  • Hand-in: In Lab
4. Practical test
7 May 2019
No set time
10
  • In Class: In Lab
5. Earth materials investigation report
30 May 2019
No set time
10
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
6. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Additional notes covering lectures and laboratories will be available to all enrolled students on the Moodle University Web site.

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Recommended Readings

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Recommended textbook: Earth Materials: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology. Cornelis Klein and Anthony Philpotts, Cambridge University Press 2017.

Other readings to be posted on moodle.

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Online Support

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Online support will be provided via Moodle, which is accessible to all students who are enrolled in the paper. PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices, etc., and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Students must ensure that they include their preferred email address in their Moodle settings.


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Workload

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There are 2 lectures and one 2-hour practical session each week. Most students should be able to complete laboratory exercises during laboratory time. The practical test will be held during lab time. Students are expected to revise for the practical test in their own time. The activities related to the Earth materials investigation report should be completed during laboratory time, however, students are expected to spend some of their own time to collate and finalise the presentation of their report.


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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is a prerequisite for EARTH311, EARTH312, and may be used as a prerequisite for EARTH313.

Linkages to other papers: EARTH501, EARTH504, EARTH505, EARTH506


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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: EARTH102 or ERTH103

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ERTH221

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