Rocks, Minerals and Fluids Analysis and practicals

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Knowledge and understanding: the course will give the basic principles of analytical geochemistry, of the most important analytical techniques for the Earth Sciences and the skill for contextualising them in a research context.
Expected learning outcomes
Applying knowledge and understanding: the course will give the tools necessary to apply the basic principles of analytical geochemistry to applied and basic science.
Making judgements: the course aims to give the skills for integrating the knowledge and make judgements on the basis of limited and incomplete information.
Communication skills: the course aims to increase the ability of the students to clearly communicate conclusions to specialist and not specialist persons.
Learning skills: the course will give the basic knowledge in analytical geochemistry and the skills to independently integrate it in the future.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Analysis of rocks, mineral and fluids
1) Introduction to analytical chemistry and basic tools
2) The Vocabulary of analytical chemistry
3) Evaluating analytical data: elements of statistical analysis
4) Calibration, Standardization and blank correction
5) Sampling and sample preparation
6) Spectroscopic methods ((FT-IR, Raman, AAS, AES)
7) X-rays fluorescence spectroscopy
8) Chromatographic methods
9) Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS, TIMS, SIMS, IRMS) and applications
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisites are required
Teaching methods
This course consists of both theoretical and practical lab-based lessons. Data-treatment is performed in class. Student participation is strongly recommended.
Teaching Resources
Potts P.J.: A handbook of silicate rock analysis, Springer Science 1992
Becker J.S.: Inorganic Mass Spectrometry, Wiley 2007
Harvey D.: Modern Analytical Chemistry, Mc Graw Hill 2000
Assessment methods and Criteria
The student need to demonstrate a good understanding of the different topics taught during the course. The exam is oral and the first question would be relative to one of the practical activities performed.
GEO/08 - GEOCHEMISTRY AND VOLCANOLOGY - University credits: 9
Practicals: 36 hours
Lessons: 48 hours
Monday 12.30-13.30
via Boticelli 23