Laboratory Methods on Studying Minerals and Rocks

Course Information
TitleΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΑΚΕΣ ΜΕΘΟΔΟΙ ΕΡΕΥΝΑΣ ΟΡΥΚΤΩΝ / Laboratory Methods on Studying Minerals and Rocks
CodeGMO 324Ε
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorNikolaos Kantiranis
Course ID40001838

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Skills Development
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
This course aims to teach the students the proper sampling methods of rocks, ores and sediments, the laboratory processing of the samples and the methods of analyses of minerals and rocks.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
Course Content (Syllabus)
Techniques of thin and polished section preparation. Examination of thin sections under the polarized microscope. Staining of minerals. Point-counting of thin sections. Separation techniques of minerals and rocks. Micro-analysis. Atomic absorption spectrophotometry analysis. Mineralogical analysis by means of X-Ray diffraction. X-Ray fluorescence spectrometry.
Sampling of minerals, rocks, ores, thin and polished sections, methods of research
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
1) All class material is available in electronic form to all students through the course web page. 2) The teacher communicates with students through e-mail.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work
Student Assessment
Quality management system of the Quality Assurance Unit (MO.DI.P)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Σκλαβούνος Σ., Καντηράνης Ν., Παπαδοπούλου Λ., 2011. Εργαστηριακές μέθοδοι έρευνας ορυκτών. Τμήμα Εκδόσεων Α.Π.Θ., 96σ. Pansu Μ., Gautheyrou J., 2006. Handbook of Soil Analysis: Mineralogical, Organic and Inorganic Methods. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 9993p. ISBN-13 978-3-540-31210-9. Burt R., 2004. Soil Survey Laboratory Methods Manual. United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 700p.
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