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Petrology 7.5 credits

First cycle, O0008K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Ore Geology
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography
Main field of study
Natural Resources Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and O0035K Geology, basic course and O0036K Mineralogy or equivalent knowledge.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After completing the course, the student should be able to describe, identify and classify the most common sedimentary, magmatic and metamorphic rocks and their structures in field and in microscope and be able to relate structures to rock formation processes. In addition, the student should be able to relate rock formation processes to plate tectonic processes and different geological environments. The student should also have basic skills in field mapping.

The main rock-forming minerals, structures and textures of rocks. Magmatic, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks – rock forming processes in relation to plate tectonics and local environments. Methods of identification for rocks including microscopy and mineralogical and geochemical classification diagrams. Practical exercises in fieldwork as well as geological documentation and reporting.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching includes lectures where basic theory is presented and explained. Practical exercises focus on the student's skills to describe, interpret and explain the textures and structures and to classify rocks in the field and in thin sections. Excursion and field exercises with focus on magmatic and sedimentary rocks as well as geological documentation and reporting.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Graded written examination at the end of the course or alternatively three partial exams during the study period. Approved practical exercises, fieldwork and field report.

Olof Martinsson

Transition terms
The course O0008K is equal to KGO005

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Blatt, H., and Tracy, R., Petrology, Freeman 2006 (or equivalent textbook)
Textbook in basic geology and mineralogy from previous studies.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA07
0002ExercisesU G#1.50MandatoryA07
0011Excursion, Field Exercises and ReportU G#1.50MandatoryA21

Syllabus established
by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021