6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
To be advised
- First semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)
Enrolment in the Master of Science
The unit is offered in a non-standard teaching period.
The analysis of geomaterials (e.g., rocks, minerals, soils, water) presents unique challenging related to their complexity. This hands-on unit will introduce the basic analytical tools used by geochemists and environmental scientists for measuring the mineralogical, chemical, and isotopic compositions of geomaterials. We will also cover some advanced topics, in particular the use of synchrotron light in geosciences.
The unit is suitable for any geoscientist working with geochemical data.
Specific topics covered include:
- Laboratory inductions, basics of analytical chemistry (e.g., precision, accuracy, blanks)
- Working in the wet lab.
- Mass spectroscopy - trace elements
- Mass spectroscopy - isotope ratios
- Mass spectroscopy - geochronology
- Sample prep. Budget. Plan a project.
- Water chemistry
- X-ray Diffraction
- Synchrotron-based spectroscopy, diffraction and microscopy
- Electron microscopy and microprobe techniques
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Understand the different analytical tools that can be used to study geochemical systems and the information they deliver.
- Prepare samples, acquire data, and interpret the results.
- Use a range of analytical techniques.
- Design and conduct an analytical campaign - including budgeting, selecting adequate samples and analytical tools, quality control, and reporting the results
Practical work: 20%
- Two weeks of lecture and laboratory activities, totalling 70 hours
- Two weeks for working on projects, including three hours supervised study
- Two half day field trips
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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Master of Science