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Mineralogy 7.5 credits

First cycle, O0036K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
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 or corresponding.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After the course, students should be able to apply theoretical mineralogical knowledge and optical methods to identify geologically, economically and technically important minerals, and be able to account for the minerals' chemical and physical properties and their most common way of occurrence.

Students should be able to perform microscopic determination of the minerals and explain the principle of X-ray diffractometric measurements and their application in mineralogy.

Following completion of the course, students should be familiar with solid state chemistry to the extent that they can explain and apply concepts in crystallography. The students should also be able to explain and use concepts such as unit cell, crystal system, Bravais lattice, Miller index, and be able to use these to describe the order of atoms in different crystal structures. The student should also be able to explain concepts such as solid solutions, substitution and mixed series of minerals. 

During the course, students work with theoretical aspects of crystallography, mineralogy and X-ray diffraction, in combination with practical elements where this knowledge is applied to characterize crystal structures. Students are given an in-depth review of the optical theory that underlies petrographic microscopy and mineral identification with a polarization microscope in transmitted and reflected light. A review of a selection of geologically, technically and economically important minerals (ore mineral, industrial mineral) and mineral groups (silicates, salts, oxides, sulphides, sulphates, carbonates) is combined with practical exercises, where students apply their knowledge for mineral identification.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The subject is presented in the form of class lectures by several lecturers and mandatory exercises in X-ray diffraction, crystallography, microscopy and mineral identification. The exercises are partly teacher-supervised and partly individual. The exercises will be partly linked to lectures and performed in parallel.

Document management takes place in the learning platform CANVAS. 

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.
Short written exams are performed after each course module with differentiated grades (grade scale: 5 4 3 U). In order to pass the course, the student must complete and report in writing all practical assignments and pass them.

Nils Jansson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2009 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Minerals av Wenk & Bulakh, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-52958-7.
Compendium in mineralogy.

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0009Short written exam, Mineral identificationG U 3 4 52.00MandatoryA10
0011Short written exam, Opaque microscopyG U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA10
0013Short written exam, Transmission microscopyG U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA21
0014Short written exam, Crystallography and X-ray diffractionG U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA21
0015ExcercisesU G#1.00MandatoryA21

Syllabus established
by Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 22 Jan 2008

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