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SCP5070181, A.A. 2018/19

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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 APPLIED GEOCHEMISTRY
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


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines GEO/08 Geochemistry and Volcanology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st 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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MEYZEN CHRISTINE MARIE (Presidente)
NIMIS PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
3 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 MEYZEN CHRISTINE MARIE (Presidente)
NIMIS PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
VISONA' DARIO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: All students must have a solid understanding of basic principles in chemistry, geology, mineralogy, igneous and metamorphic petrology.
Target skills and knowledge: On completion of the course, a student should:
• understand the geological and environmental problems that can be solved by isotope methods.
• have the adequate background for the application of isotopes in geological and environmental studies.
Examination methods: Course learning goals will be assessed by written examinations.
Assessment criteria: Learning assessment.
Course unit contents: Isotope geochemistry plays an increasingly important role in a wide variety of geological, environmental, medical, forensic and archeological investigations. Isotope methods allow to determine the age of the Earth, reconstruct the climate of the past, detect adulterated foods and beverages, detect and monitor the progress of diseases in human and explain the formation of the chemical elements in the universe. This course is designed to provide an introduction to the principles and applications of isotope geochemistry. Systems discussed include the classic radiogenic systems (Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, Lu-Hf and U-Th-Pb), traditional stable isotope systems (e.g. H and O) and extinct radioactivities. Applications as chronometers or tracers will be focused on a wide range of topics ranging from processes and timescales relevant to the formation of the planet and solar system, the evolution of the Earth system to environmental issues.

2.Nuclear physics and nuclear stability
4.Nucleosynthesis: when, where and how chemical elements are formed?
5.Principles of stable isotope geochemistry
6.Mass-balance calculations
7.Tracing the hydrologic cycle with stable isotopes
8.Radioactive decay and geochronometry
9.The Rb-Sr method
10.The Sm-Nd method
11.The Lu-Hf method
12.The U-Pb, Th-Pb and Pb-Pb methods
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is based upon lectures, with some supervised and self-paced practical work.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Hoefs, J., Stable Isotope Geochemistry. New York: Springer Verlag, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gunter, F. & Mensing, T. M., Isotopes: Principles and Applications. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Dickin, A. P., Radiogenic Isotope Geology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • White, W.M., Isotope Geochemistry. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Albarède, F., Introduction to Geochemical Modeling. --: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Allègre, C.J., Isotope Geology. --: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions