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ES3008   Geochemistry

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Tue and Thu (lectures), 2.00 - 5.00 Fri (practicals)

This module provides an introduction to geochemistry: the study of the abundance, distribution and circulation of the chemical elements in minerals, rocks, soils, water and the atmosphere. Geochemical tools are a powerful means to the study of geological, economic, and environmental problems. In the module we study the origin and distribution of the chemical elements in the Earth and solar system and review thermodynamics and kinetics as applied to Earth systems. We apply thermodynamics to make quantitative predictions regarding the outcome of chemical reactions associated with geological processes. We consider the behaviour of elements, mainly in low temperature environments. Material covered includes aqueous geochemistry and mineral precipitation and dissolution. We utilise geochemical tools to constrain changes in earth processes and climate, and to predict the impact of future change.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must take at least 1 and no more than 2 modules from {ES2001, ES2003}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 x 1 hour lectures (8 weeks), 1 x 3 hour practical (8 weeks), 1 field class

Scheduled learning hours: 45

Guided independent study hours: 105

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 50%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%, No Re-assessment if Coursework mark is less than 4


Module teaching staff: Dr N Allison, Prof A Finch, Dr J Rae, Dr P Savage