Course: Introduction to Mineralogy

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Course title Introduction to Mineralogy
Course code KCH/MIN
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Slavík Martin, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Definition of the subject of mineralogy, related science, mutual relations. 2. Man and the stone. 3. The formation of minerals in nature. Artificial crystal Preparation. 4. Physical properties of minerals: Hardness, density, optical properties, color, scratch, birefringence. 5. Chemical properties of minerals, isomorphism, polymorphism. 6. Crystalography, symmetry elements, crystalline systems, crystal shapes, types of grids, cleavage. 7. Mineral resources for individual elements. Important mineral raw materials and their sources in the Czech Republic. 8. Regional occurrence of rocks and minerals. Geological maps. 9. Precious stones and their processing. 10. Mineralogical system: elements; halides, oxides, sulfides, arsenides; 11. Mineralogical system: sulphates, nitrates, phosphates, carbonates, 12. Mineralogical system: silicates; minerals of organic origin. 13. Laboratory verification of the determination of minerals. Keys for minerals determination. 14. Mineralogical literature. Mineralogy on the Internet. Visualization of mineral structures. Mineralogical excursion.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments), Written assignment presentation and defence, Laboratory work
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Master: origin of minerals and their properties, crystallography. Mineral raw materials and their sources. Rock and mineral formations in the region. Systematic mineralogy, determination of mineral types. Production of artificial minerals.
To explain and deduce basic knowledge on field, including simpler problem solving.
Prerequisites
knowledge of high school chemistry

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined examination

Recommended literature
  • Bernard J. H., Rost R. Encyklopedický přehled minerálů. Praha, Academia, 1992.
  • Beurlen K., Lichter G. Zkameněliny. Praha, Ikar, 1997.
  • Dudek A. Atlas hornin. Praha, Academia, 1984.
  • Eid A., Viard M. Světové minerály. Praha, Rebo Productions, 1996.
  • Hochleitner R. Kapesní atlas DRAHOKAMY A ŠPERKOVÉ KAMENY. Slovart, 1996.
  • Hochleitner R. Kapesní atlas MINERÁLY A KRYSTALY. Slovart, 1996.
  • Kašpar J., Šmíd J., Eckstein J. Monokrystaly. Praha, SNTL, 1957.
  • Medenbach O., Sussiecková-Fornefeldová C. Minerály. Praha, Ikar, 1995.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies Study plan (Version): Nanomaterials (2013) Category: Special and interdisciplinary fields - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Summer