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SCO2045754, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
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 BERNARDO CESARE GEO/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/07 Petrology and Petrography 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd 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.2009 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 CESARE BERNARDO (Presidente)
SASSI RAFFAELE (Membro Effettivo)
5 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 CESARE BERNARDO (Presidente)
MAZZOLI CLAUDIO (Membro Effettivo)
BARTOLI OMAR (Supplente)

Prerequisites: In order to take full advantage of the course and be able to fully follow the classes the student will already have basic knowledge of petrography, geochemistry and mineralogy, as well as of english.
Target skills and knowledge: After completing the course and having passed the exam, the student will have gained the following competences and skills.

Metamorphic Petrology
-to know the factors and mechanisms of metamorphism
-to know the principles of the physico-chemical stability in rocks
-to know the types of metamorphic reactions
-to know the behavior of the fluid phase during metamorphism
-to know the principles of fluid and melt inclusion studies
-to know the principles of thermobarometry
-to know the processes during metamorphism at high temperature
(all the above with special reference to metapelites)
-to be able to describe the concepts acquired using the proper technical language

Petrographic Study of Thin Sections
-to know the microstructural criteria to evaluate metamorphic equilibrium
-to know some typical reaction microstructures
-to know the main microstructural indicators of anatexis
(all the above with special reference to metapelites)
-to be able to read the (poly)metamorphic history through the petrographic study of a thin section
-to be able to infer the broad metamorphic P-T conditions of a rock through its petrographic study
Examination methods: The acquired knowledges and skills will be assessed through an oral examination in english
Assessment criteria: The criteria for the evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills will be:
- the completeness of knowledge
- the correctness and quality of answers
- the capacity of use of technical/scientific language
- the ability of linking logically different items of knowledge
- the ability of expression in english
Course unit contents: Focusing on the metapelitic system, and through extensive practice at the microscopic laboratory, the course will provide deep insight into the main aspects of metamorphic petrology, such as:
-metamorphic classification;
-equilibrium assemblages; metamorphic facies;
-chemographies and other graphical representations;
-metamorphic reactions and equilibria;
-role of fluids in metamorphism, fluid inclusions;
-geothermobarometry and phase equilibria calculations;
-metamorphism of pelites;
-contact metamorphism; crustal anatexis;
-microstructures of anatectic rocks;
-melt inclusions in migmatites and granulites.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Theoretical notions will be transferred by means of frontal lessons with multimedia material that will be provided beforehand to students

Laboratories will consist of a) practicals assisted by the teacher at the petrographic microscope, using selected thin sections; b) visits to the fluid inclusion laboratory for microthermometry training sessions at the heating/freezing stage.

Both frontal lessons and practicals include parts of teacher-student dialogue as well as of work in small groups with the aim of verifying the knowledge acquired.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the teaching material used in the class and laboratories is available for download through the electronic platform MOODLE.

Along with the reference book, additional teaching material will be made available to cover specific topics of the course (e.g., fluid inclusions).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • J. D. Winter, Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, 2nd Edition. --: --, --. ISBN-10: 0321592573 | ISBN-13: 978-0321592576 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos

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

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