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Course Name : Geochemistry

Course Code : J 301

Course Type : Compulsory

Level of Course : First Cycle

Year of Study : 3

Course Semester : Fall (16 Weeks)

ECTS : 5

Name of Lecturer(s) : Asst.Prof.Dr. MUSTAFA AKYILDIZ

Learning Outcomes of the Course : Defines the mineralogical and chemical compounds of all the layers of the earth surface.
States the reasons of the minerals evolution and writes the chemical reactions
Calculates the stability fields of any given mineral assemblage.,interprets the conditions of the formation and presents the results graphically.
Knows the concept and applications of isotope

Mode of Delivery : Face-to-Face

Prerequisites and Co-Prerequisites : None

Recommended Optional Programme Components : None

Aim(s) of Course : The lesson aims to teach the formation of elements in the Earth and in the universe, The distribution and the behaviors of elements in rocks,examining the geological events by chemical methods, understanding the chemical reactions in evolving mineralization,calculating the stability fields of any given mineral assemblage.

Course Contents : Introduction to igneous environments. Crystallization of magma. Textures and minerals formed by crystallization of magma. Classification of igneous rocks and their characteristics. Ultrabasic and basic rocks. Silica-saturated intermediate rocks. Acidic rocks. Feldspathoid-rich mafic rocks. Feldspathoid-rich felsic rocks. Lamprofyres. Pyroclastic rocks

Language of Instruction : Turkish

Work Place : Faculty Classrooms D 6

  Course Outline /Schedule (Weekly) Planned Learning Activities
Week Subject Student's Preliminary Work Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
1 Introduction to geochemistry: History, issues, scope reading Presentation
2 Elements: General information, periodic table, elements, origins, development of stars, hydrogen combustion, big bang, geochemical classification of the elements. reading Presentation
3 Ion radius, chemical bonding, coordination principle, ionic potential, displacement reading Presentation
4 Meteoroids: Classification, mineralogical and chemical composition of chondrites, the origin of meteorites, meteorites relations with the formation of the earth. reading Presentation
5 The composition of the Earth: the core, mantle, continental crust, oceanic crust, mineralogical and chemical composition of these different environments, slow and rapid opened mid-ocean ridges, magma formation reading Presentation
6 The composition of the Earth: the core, mantle, continental crust, oceanic crust, mineralogical and chemical composition of these different environments, slow and rapid opened mid-ocean ridges, magma formation reading Presentation
7 Acids and Bases: The concept of equilibrium reactions, dissolution, dissolution of acids and bases, hydrolysis, amorphous silica dissolution, dissolution of the salts reading Presentation, practice
8 Midterm exam prep. of exam written
9 Activity and concentration. mineral deposition and dissolution, saturation index reading Presentation, practice
10 Thermodynamics, System, thermodynamics 1 and 2 laws, the Gibbs free energy of formation, free energy change of temperature and pressure, the equilibrium constant with temperature change reading Presentation, practice, homework
11 Mineral Stability Diagrams: General information, Eh-pH values ??in nature, the preparation of Eh-pH diagrams reading Presentation, practice homework
12 Mineral Stability Diagrams: Eh-pH diagrams of the gas pressure, Fe and Mn minerals sensitivity areas, the partial pressure dissolution and preparation of diagrams, diagrams, interpretation reading Presentation, practice homework
13 Basic Concepts, indicators and trace elements, the primary geochemical dispersion and sampling methods reading Presentation, practice
14 What is isotope, varieties, usage in mineral deposits reading Presentation, practice
15 isotope applications reading Presentation, practice
16/17 Final Exam prep. of exam written

  Required Course Resources
Resource Type Resource Name
Recommended Course Material(s)  Akçay, M., 2002 Jeokimya : Basic concepts and application transfer KTÜ Trabzon 506s
 Çagatay, N., Erler A., Jeokimya : Geochemistry: Basic Concepts and Principles 1984 TJK Ankara 293 s
 Erler A., Jeokimya : Ortamlar 1986 TJK Ankara 351 s
 Geochemistry. Harry Y. McSween, Steven M. Richardson, Maria E. Uhle, Columbia University Press 2003
Required Course Material(s)

  Assessment Methods and Assessment Criteria
Semester/Year Assessments Number Contribution Percentage
    Mid-term Exams (Written, Oral, etc.) 1 60
    Homeworks/Projects/Others 10 40
Total 100
Rate of Semester/Year Assessments to Success 40
Final Assessments 100
Rate of Final Assessments to Success 60
Total 100

  Contribution of the Course to Key Learning Outcomes
# Key Learning Outcome Contribution*
1 Thinks, interprets, analyzes and synthesizes geological events in 3D. 4
2 Chooses and applies necessary methods and instruments for engineering applications 1
3 Uses the information technology effectively. 3
4 Designs and performs experiments, collects data and interprets the results. 5
5 Works and undertakes responsibility in solving geological problems both individually and in multidiciplinary working groups 3
6 Investigates to obtain scientific information, and uses data bases and other data sources actively. 3
7 Has an awareness of life long learning; follows developments in science and technology to keep up to date 4
8 Uses Fundamental Geological information, having necessary information in Mathematical and Natural sciences and employs theoretical and applied information in these areas in engineering solutions. 4
9 Knows job related and ethical responsibilities, project management, office applications and safety, and realizes juridical responsibilities of engineering applications 5
10 Knows the universal and societal effects of engineering solutions and applications. 2
11 Has an awareness of entrepreneuring and innovative subjects; knows and finds solutions for the new century 0
12 Identifies, formulizes and solves geological problems. 5
13 Realizes the social effects of identified solutions for geological problems. 3
14 Identifies, defines, formulizes and solves engineering problems. Chooses and applies the appropriate analytical and modelling techniques for this purpose. 5
15 Investigates and reports all kinds of natural resources and geological hazards 2
16 Initiates effective interactions in Turkish both orally and in written form, and speaks at least one foreign language 1
17 Uses necessary techniques and instruments for geological applications 2
18 Identifies rock types, draws geological maps and cross sections. 4
19 Defines necessities in learning in scientific, social, cultural and artistic areas and improves himself/herself continuously. 2
* Contribution levels are between 0 (not) and 5 (maximum).

  Student Workload - ECTS
Works Number Time (Hour) Total Workload (Hour)
Course Related Works
    Class Time (Exam weeks are excluded) 14 3 42
    Out of Class Study (Preliminary Work, Practice) 14 3 42
Assesment Related Works
    Homeworks, Projects, Others 10 3 30
    Mid-term Exams (Written, Oral, etc.) 1 2 2
    Final Exam 1 2 2
Total Workload: 118
Total Workload / 25 (h): 4.72
ECTS Credit: 5