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GEOS7712 – Advanced Geochemical Applications and Techniques

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Olivier Alard
observer
Eleuterio Abreu De Sousa
lecturer
Elena Belousova
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
GEOS8812
Unit description Unit description

This unit describes and explores the underpinnings of the tools employed in geochronology and inorganic geochemistry in order to unravel the timing and duration of geological phenomena. Primarily focused on high temperature geochemistry, this course will employ applications spanning from diffusion modelling in magma chambers, through zircon geochronology to model ages in addition to tracing the passage of materials through the solid Earth. A background in the analytical techniques used to attain such data is also included. Negotiation between staff and students develops a number of case studies to allow students to acquire practical skills applicable to a wide range of research areas. Case studies may include: (i) understanding trace element partitioning and behaviour, (ii) investigating the effect of volatiles on the physics and chemistry of rock properties and melt, (iii) modelling the mineralogy of planetary interiors and (iv) geothermobarometry. This unit is suitable for students outside of Earth and Environmental Sciences, particularly those developing research skills in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry in the context of Earth evolution.
  • ULO2: select an appropriate technique and/or set up an analytical protocol to solve a given petrological or geological problem/questions
  • ULO3: Demonstrate a detailed understanding of analytical techniques and assess the quality of the resulting data.
  • ULO4: communicate scientific information and concepts through oral, visual and written formats

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Geochemistry throughout the Periodic table 25% No week5
Class Participation 15% No week13
Assessing analytical techniques 20% No week10
Unsolved case in geochemistry 40% No Week13

Geochemistry throughout the Periodic table

Assessment Type 1: Problem set
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: week5
Weighting: 25%

number of questions and exercises on the geochemical and cosmochemical properties of the elements


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry in the context of Earth evolution.

Class Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 0 hours
Due: week13
Weighting: 15%

Class Participation, asking questions, answering questions, debatting


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry in the context of Earth evolution.
  • select an appropriate technique and/or set up an analytical protocol to solve a given petrological or geological problem/questions
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of analytical techniques and assess the quality of the resulting data.

Assessing analytical techniques

Assessment Type 1: Professional writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: week10
Weighting: 20%

Assessing analytical techniques


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • select an appropriate technique and/or set up an analytical protocol to solve a given petrological or geological problem/questions
  • communicate scientific information and concepts through oral, visual and written formats

Unsolved case in geochemistry

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 50 hours
Due: Week13
Weighting: 40%

Oral presentation (15 min) on debated topics and issues in geochemistry (literature review). Assessing the pros and cons of opposed interpretations of the same data.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • select an appropriate technique and/or set up an analytical protocol to solve a given petrological or geological problem/questions
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of analytical techniques and assess the quality of the resulting data.
  • communicate scientific information and concepts through oral, visual and written formats

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Face-to-face and on-line, simultaneously.  Practice works using state of the art facilities at MQGA.

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Changes since First Published

Date Description
17/03/2021 added 2 participants