A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Knowledge and understanding: the course will give the basic principles of in geochemistry.
Applying knowledge and understanding: the course will give the tools necessary to apply the basic principles of geochemistry to applied and basic science.
Expected learning outcomes
Making judgements: the course aims to increase the ability of independent judgements in the field of geochemistry.
Communication skills: the course aims to increase the ability of the students to transfer the basic principles of geochemistry to specialist and not specialist persons.
Learning skills: the course will give the basic geochemical knowledge necessary to start higher level studies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching methods
The lessons will be held on the Microsoft Teams platform and can be followed both synchronously based on the timetable of the first semester and asynchronously as they will be recorded and uploaded on that same platform.

Course syllabus and Teaching Resources
The contents and reference material will not be changed.

Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam will be an oral test through the Microsoft Teams platform or, if so permitted by regulation, in person as an oral interview.
The examination, in particular, will be aimed at:
- ascertaining the achievement of the objectives in terms of knowledge and comprehension;
- verifying the student's autonomy of judgment also through the analysis of cases discussed during the course;
- ascertaining the mastery of the specific language concerning geochemistry and the ability to present the topics in a clear and orderly manner.
If the regulations regarding social distancing allow it, the laboratory will be held in person at university divided in rounds, function of the total number of students attending the course and the number of people allowed in the laboratory. Participation in these activities will be on a voluntary basis and for those that will not attend the laboratory alternative material will be given.
Course syllabus
1. Basics of nucleosynthesis and cosmochemistry
2. The periodic properties of the elements
3. The geochemical classification of the elements
4. Trace elements in minerals
5. Trace elements distribution in high temperature processes
6. Radiogenic isotopes and geochronology (Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, U-Pb, Lu-Hf)
7. Trace element and radiogenic isotopes as petrogentic tracers
8. Geochemistry of stable isotopes (C-O-H)
9. Low temperature geochemistry and water-rock interaction
10. Basics of analytical chemistry
11. Laboratory activity
Prerequisites for admission
The student is required to have a basic knowledge in chemistry and is strongly suggested to have also a basic knowledge in mineralogy and petrography. The credits in "Chemistry and laboratory" are mandatory whereas those in Mineralogy and Petrography are suggested.
Teaching methods
Frontal lecture and practical laboratory
Teaching Resources
Slides of the lectures and the following books: Geochimica e Ambiente (Dongarra -Varrica); Radiogenic Isotope Geology (Dikin); Principles and Applications of Geochemistry (Faure)
Assessment methods and Criteria
Learning outcomes are verified with an oral examination consisting in an interview about the program of the course. The interview aims to assess the knowledge and the understanding of the subject and the way of express the acquired concepts in a scientifically correct language.
GEO/08 - GEOCHEMISTRY AND VOLCANOLOGY - University credits: 6
Practicals: 6 hours
Lessons: 44 hours
Professor: Tiepolo Massimo
Turno I
Professor: Cannao' Enrico
Turno II
Professor: Cannao' Enrico
Educational website(s)
Monday 12.30-13.30
via Boticelli 23