(LO1) Knowledge and understanding
On successful completion of this module, students should:
Know the properties of common rock-forming minerals.
Understand common classification schemes for minerals and rocks.
Understand how minerals may be interpreted to infer geological conditions and processes.
Understand the nature, origins and possible outcomes of magmatic activity.
Understand processes of magma compositional change, and know how magmas and igneous rocks are classified.
Recognise common magmatic rocks in hand specimen and under the microscope.
Understand the physical and chemical processes and conditions that govern the spectrum of volcanic eruption styles, and know how volcanic activity is classified.
Understand the impact of volcanism on society and environment.
(LO2) Intellectual abilities
On successful completion of this module, students should have developed the ability to:
Design a strategy for identifying minerals in hand specimen and thin section.
Be able to analyse magmatic rocks and make simple deductions concerning magmatic history.
Be able to observe, record, interpret and present descriptive information regarding volcanic activity.
Be able to solve problems concerning physical processes and the environment.
Be able to infer conditions and processes of emplacement and cooling from rock texture.
(LO3) Subject base practical skills
On successful completion of this module students should:
Be able to use a hand lens and a petrological microscope;
Be able to make proper drawings of minerals seen in hand specimen and thin section.
Be able to use simple techniques of visualisation and numeracy to solve volcanological problems.
Competently use the petrological microscope to record textural information and unravel magmatic process.
(S1) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning
(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures
(S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification
(S4) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving
(S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Self-efficacy (self-belief/intrinsic motivation)