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Course unit
SCP3052828, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1162, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GEOCHEMISTRY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
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 ANDREA MARZOLI GEO/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/07 Petrology and Petrography 3.0
Core courses GEO/08 Geochemistry and Volcanology 3.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 24 26.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MARZOLI ANDREA (Presidente)
NIMIS PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MARZOLI ANDREA (Presidente)
NIMIS PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
5 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 MARZOLI ANDREA (Presidente)
SPIESS RICHARD (Membro Effettivo)
NIMIS PAOLO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Basic concepts of petrology and mineralogy
Target skills and knowledge: The student will acquire information about some of the major topics of Earth Sciences: environmental geochemistry, paleoclimatology, origin of the elements and nucleosynthesis, origin of magmas and evolution of the Earth, evolution of the atmosphere and hydrosphere.
Examination methods: The exam will be written (except for student specifically asking for an oral exam). The laboratory work will be described in a written report.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of the theoretical and practical aspects.
Course unit contents: 1- Basics of thermodynamics.
2- Origin of the elements, nucleosynthesis, and cosmochemistry.
3- Geochemistry of oceans: densisty, salinity, temperature. Major and nutrient elements. Currents.
4- Trace elements, definition and systematics. Application to the origin of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Diffusion.
5- Radiogenic isotope geochemistry: nuclear decay, geochronology, tracing igneous and Earth evolution processes.
6- Stable isotopes, equilibrium and disequilibrium isotope fractionation, depende on temperature and biologic processes, paleoclimatology and climate changes.
7- Volcanoes and climate change.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Class-room teaching.
Laboratories: computer-based modelling of geochemical processes. Specific case studies, excercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides provided by teacher.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • W.M White, Geochemistry. /ge: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ottonello, Principi di geochimica. --: Zanichelli, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning journal

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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