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SCL1001881, A.A. 2016/17

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2014/15

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1161, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PETROGRAPHY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge RICHARD SPIESS GEO/07
Other lecturers FABIO FERRI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines GEO/07 Petrology and Petrography 8.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 4.0 64 36.0 2
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2016
End of activities 20/01/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 PETROGRAFIA 2019-2020 01/10/2019 27/11/2020 SPIESS RICHARD (Presidente)
MARITAN LARA (Membro Effettivo)
7 PETROGRAFIA 2018-2019 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 SPIESS RICHARD (Presidente)
FERRI FABIO (Membro Effettivo)
6 PETROGRAFIA 2017/2018 01/10/2017 25/11/2018 SPIESS RICHARD (Presidente)
FERRI FABIO (Membro Effettivo)
5 PETROGRAFIA 2016-2017 01/10/2016 30/11/2017 SPIESS RICHARD (Presidente)
FERRI FABIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: The student is expected to have skills and knowledge of Mineralogy and in particular of the chemico-physical characteristics of the main rock-forming silicate minerals.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides knowledge of description rocks forming the crust and mantle and provides the essential skills for the comprehension and interpretation of rock-forming process. The laboratories provide the students with the competence necessary to write a technical-scientific report.
Examination methods: PRACTICAL examine:
- macroscopic crystalline rock specimen recognition
- thin section petrographic rock description under polarizing microscope, preparation of a written tecnica-scientific report

ORAL examine.
Assessment criteria: Competences of the main topics, organic answers, use of proper vocabulary, quality of talk.
Course unit contents: Main topics:
- general concepts of evolution of Earth’s crust
- Main petrogentic processes and the link with geological processes.
- chemical, physical and mineralogic aspects of rock formation
- magmatic processes: magmas, fractional and equilibrium crystallization of simple silicate systems, classification and nomenclature of magmatic rocks, magmatic series and their geologic setting
- metamorphic processes: factors and mechanisms of metamorphism, metamorphic grade and facies, regional and contact metamorphism, migmatites, classification and nomenclature of metamorphic rocks.
The applicability of theoretical models used for the interpretation of magmatic and metamorphic processes will be discussed. These will be applied to:
- importance of magma rheology as key for the understanding of volcanic activity types,
- magmatic an geothermal heat resources and their use as Energy source,
- macroscopic and microscopic recognition of rocks.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The oral classes will be undertaken with power-point slide projections, microscopic recognition of rocks will be done with polarizing microscope which allow recognition of mineral based on their optical properties.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All power-point slides will be uploaded on the Moodle portal of the Biology Department and will be accessible before onset of classes so that the student can integrate it with his own notes.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • D'Argenio D., Innocenti F. & Sassi F.P, Magmatismo e Metamorfismo. Torino: UTET, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Bellieni G., Predonzan R., Sambo M. & Ravagnan C., Manuale di ottica dei minerali delle rocce cristalline. Chiuoggia (VE): Il Leggio, 2010. 2a edizione Cerca nel catalogo