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Module GL4422: Analysis in Geological, Earth and Environmental Research

  Module GL4422
Co-ordinator: Dr Robbie Goodhue
Course Type: Optional
Assessment:

Theory examination (70%); in-course assessment (30%).

ECTS: 5 Credits
Prerequisites: JS Geology

Contact hours & timing:

Michaelmas Term
Weeks 12-16, seven hours per week

Module Learning Aims

The module instructs students in geochemical and mineralogical analysis. It (1) introduces the key analytical instruments used for researching natural and man-made materials, before (2) providing a basic understanding of the operation of such instruments, and finally (3) developing the concepts of selecting the most appropriate techniques and limits of methodology.

Module Content

The module will follow a series of environmental and geological samples from their collection, to obtaining data, to data processing and final interpretation. Emphasis will be placed on how to select a suitable analytical technique, how the sample is prepared and how the instrument is operated and calibrated. Practical sessions will afford students the opportunity to remotely operate several of the analytical instruments housed in TCD Geochemistry and experience of processing some real and ‘live’ data. The techniques considered may include: CF-IRMS, ICP-OES, LA-ICP-MS, XRD, XRF.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • have an understanding of several key methods used in the modern analysis of samples;
  • have learned how to approach analysis;
  • have developed a clear appreciation of correct method selection, data analysis, sources of error and principles of sound interpretation.