**This subject has an enrolment cap of 30 students**
Location: University of Melbourne/Museum Victoria
Venue on campus: School of Earth Sciences, McCoy Building (Rm 204 and Rm 313)
This is a five-day course of lectures, practical sessions, and laboratory visits focussed on modern mineral identification techniques. The course will include demonstrations of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron microprobe analysis (EMPA), and micro computed tomography (micro-CT). A revision of basic mineralogy concepts will be provided, before visiting Melbourne Museum to use some of the museum's analytical facilities (including the XRD) and undertaking a tour of the museum's mineral collection provided by the museum's senior geoscience curator. At the University of Melbourne, students will be introduced to in-house analysis techniques (e.g. SEM, EMPA, ICP-MS, micro-CT), taught how to evaluate the quality of resultant data, and how such data should be presented.
• 1500 word project report, due one week after the last day of classes (50%)
• 10 minute project presentation, due last day of teaching period (30%)
• 4 short multiple answer quizzes to be completed during class time (20%)
Knowledge of third-year geology strongly recommended. A year 12-level chemistry background is also strongly recommended.
Students require a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
Further course information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/subjects/geol90032
- Teacher: John Moreau