Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in ALL
Major/Minor ALL
Course Type
Offer in 2018 - 2019 Y N
Course Code EASC3402
Date2019/06/19 09:26
Enquiry for Course Details
EASC3402 Petrology (6 credits) Academic Year 2018
Offering Department Earth Sciences Quota ---
Course Co-ordinator Prof G Zhao, Earth Sciences < gzhao@hku.hk >
Teachers Involved (Dr M Pittman,Earth Sciences)
(Prof G Zhao,Earth Sciences)
(Prof M Sun,Earth Sciences)
Course Objectives To give students an understanding of the features in sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, as well as the ability to identify major rock types and their textures and structures in both hand specimens and under microscope.
Course Contents & Topics - Magma and magmatism; textures and structures of igneous rocks, classification of igneous rocks, including volcanism and plutonism
- Basic igneous rocks
- Intermediate igneous rocks
- Acid igneous rocks
- Sedimentary diagenesis, classification of sedimentary rocks; textures and structures of sedimentary rocks.  
- Clastic sedimentary rocks: conglomerate and sandstone, siltstone and mudstone
- Biochemical sedimentary rocks: limestone and dolostone
- Metamorphism; controlling factors of metamorphism; textures and structures of metamorphic rocks; classification of metamorphic rocks
- Meta-pelitic rocks
- Meta-basic rocks
- Meta-carbonate rocks and meta-felsic rocks
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

CLO 1 identify major igneous rocks and their textures and structures in both hand specimens and under microscope
CLO 2 identify major sedimentary rocks and their textures and structures in both hand specimens and under microscope
CLO 3 identify major metamorphic rocks and their textures and structures in both hand specimens and under microscope
CLO 4 make full description and write report on the above rock types
Pre-requisites
(and Co-requisites and
Impermissible combinations)
Pass in EASC2407
Course Status with Related Major/Minor /Professional Core 2018 Major in Geology ( Core/Compulsory )
2018 Major in Geology (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2018 Minor in Earth Sciences ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Major in Geology ( Core/Compulsory )
2017 Minor in Earth Sciences ( Disciplinary Elective )
2016 Major in Geology ( Core/Compulsory )
2016 Minor in Earth Sciences ( Disciplinary Elective )
2015 Major in Geology ( Core/Compulsory )
2015 Minor in Earth Sciences ( Disciplinary Elective )
2014 Major in Geology ( Core/Compulsory )
2014 Minor in Earth Sciences ( Disciplinary Elective )
Course to PLO Mapping 2018 Major in Geology < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2018 Major in Geology (Intensive) < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2017 Major in Geology < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2016 Major in Geology < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2015 Major in Geology < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
2014 Major in Geology < PLO 1,2,3,4 >
Offer in 2018 - 2019 Y        2nd sem    Examination May     
Offer in 2019 - 2020 Y
Course Grade A+ to F
Grade Descriptors
A Demonstrate thorough mastery at an advanced level of extensive knowledge and skills required for attaining all the course learning outcomes. Show strong analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, with evidence of original thought, and ability to apply knowledge to a wide range of complex, familiar and unfamiliar situations.
B Demonstrate substantial command of a broad range of knowledge and skills required for attaining at least most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to familiar and some unfamiliar situations.
C Demonstrate general but incomplete command of knowledge and skills required for attaining most of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some analytical and critical abilities and logical thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to most familiar situations.
D Demonstrate partial but limited command of knowledge and skills required for attaining some of the course learning outcomes. Show evidence of some coherent and logical thinking, but with limited analytical and critical abilities. Show limited ability to apply knowledge to solve problems.
Fail Demonstrate little or no evidence of command of knowledge and skills required for attaining the course learning outcomes. Lack of analytical and critical abilities, logical and coherent thinking. Show very little or no ability to apply knowledge to solve problems.
Course Type Lecture with laboratory component course
Course Teaching
& Learning Activities
Activities Details No. of Hours
Laboratory specimen descriptions & thin-section observations under microscope 24
Lectures 12 sessions x 2 hours 24
Reading / Self study 100
Assessment Methods
and Weighting
Methods Details Weighting in final
course grade (%)
Assessment Methods
to CLO Mapping
Assignments 40 CLO 1,2,3,4
Examination 60 CLO 1,2,3,4
Required/recommended reading
and online materials
Harvey Blatt and Robert J. Tracy, Petrology (Second Edition; W.H. Freman and Company, New York)
Course Website NIL
Additional Course Information NIL
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