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PETROGRAPHY

CODE 65580
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 12 cfu during the 2nd year of 8763 SCIENZE GEOLOGICHE (L-34) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR GEO/07
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • MODULES This unit is composed by:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Petrography provides the basic knowledge necessary to classify and understand the formation processes of magmatic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, forming the Earth's lithosphere. Petrography plays a fundamental role in Earth Sciences because it provides the skills necessary to characterize the composition and structure of geomaterials, with both applicative and understanding implications for the Earth's dynamics.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course provides the basic knowledge for understanding the formation processes of magmatic and metamorphic rocks. Being a fundamental discipline to understand the endogenous and exogenous processes leading to rock formation, Petrography is relevant to pure and applied geosciences.

    PREREQUISITES

    To deal efficiently with the contents of the course, basic knowledge of inorganic chemistry, mineralogy and geology is required. As reported in the Manifesto, the teaching of Mineralogy is propedeutic to Petrography.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    ELISABETTA RAMPONE (President)

    LAURA GAGGERO

    MARCO SCAMBELLURI (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    Class schedule

    PETROGRAPHY

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam is unique and integrated for the two modules.

    The exam consists of a written and an oral test. The student must also present a paper that contains the description of all the thin sections and samples of metamorphic and magmatic rocks examined during laboratory exercises (module 1 and module 2).

    The written test involves the description and classification of a thin section of magmatic or metamorphic rock under an optical microscope and the description and classification of a hand-made sample of magmatic or metamorphic rock. Each description is given a grade from 0 to 30 and the mark of the practical test is the average between the two votes.

    The oral exam consists in the discussion of the Magmatic Petrography (module 1) and Metamorphic Petrography (module 2) program.

    The final grade is given by the arithmetic average between the mark of the practical test and the oral exam. The oral exam must be taken in the same session as the practical test. The positive evaluation of the written test (grade> 18) remains valid for one year. 2 appeals will be available in the winter session (January-February) and 4 appeals in the summer session (June, July, September).

    Please refer to the specific AulaWeb application of this course for any updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation.

     

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Details on how to prepare for the exam and the degree of detail required for each topic will be provided during the lessons.

    The written exam will verify the actual acquisition of the necessary knowledge to recognize and classify the main types of magmatic and metamorphic rocks both through the observation of thin sections by optical microscope and by the observation of samples. The verification also concerns the student's ability to recognize and describe the formation processes of the observed samples and the geological settings of formation of the observed rock samples. The student must be able to connect and integrate the knowledge learned during the laboratory activities with those provided during the lectures.

    The oral exam will mainly focus on the topics covered during the lectures (modules 1 and 2) and will aim to assess not only if the student has reached an adequate level of knowledge, but also if he has acquired the ability to recall the theoretical notions applying them to simple concrete contexts. The ability to present the topics clearly and with correct terminology will also be evaluated.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    17/01/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    15/02/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    20/06/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    06/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    20/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    13/09/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    17/01/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    15/02/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    20/06/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    06/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    20/07/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    13/09/2023 09:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale