UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GEOS5507 Analytical Techniques for the Geosciences

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit introduces the key analytical techniques for the characterisation of rocks, minerals and other geoscience-related materials. The unit focuses on electron microscopy and microanalysis, X-ray techniques and mass spectrometry, based around the state-of-the-art instrumentation available within Western Australia. Content includes theoretical principles and application of the techniques, with an emphasis on data acquisition, processing and analysis. Students gain insight into how these technologies are used for geoscience applications.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) appreciate the capabilities of key characterisation techniques used by geoscience researchers; (2) know how these techniques can be used to characterise the structure and composition of rocks, minerals and other geoscience-related materials; (3) understand the fundamental principles of electron, x-ray, and mass spectrometry analysis techniques; (4) analyse and interpret data from these techniques; and (5) critically assess and evaluate real-world data, and draw appropriate conclusions from these.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignment 1 (electron and x-ray techniques); (2) assignment 2 (mass spectrometry); and (3) an examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Matt Kilburn
Unit rules
Prerequisites: Bachelor of Science in Geoscience (or equivalent)
Advisable prior study: completed unit in Mineralogy (or equivalent)
Contact hours lectures/tutorials: 8 hours per week (2 x 4-hour blocks); reading/online tutorials/assignments/assessments (non-contact): 16 hours per week (for 6 weeks starting week 8 and ending week 13)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/GEOS5507/TS-H-2D/2017

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