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GEOL462 Advanced Topics in Geochemistry

Principles and applications of geochemistry to studies of rocks, ores, sediments, soils and natural waters.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Geochemistry
Paper code GEOL462
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $704.22
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GEOL 422

This is an honours / first-year MSc paper, and students are expected to have a bachelor's degree in Geology, or equivalent.


Teaching staff

Coordinator: Dr Candace Martin
Dr Michael Palin
Professor Claudine Stirling

Paper Structure

Two topics, possible examples:

  • Zircon petrochronology
  • Global biogeochemical cycles
  • Sr isotope hydrogeology
  • Hydrothermal mineralization

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

At completion of GEOL 462, students will have demonstrated:

  • Knowledge of sampling and analytical methods for measuring trace elements and stable and radiogenic isotopes in a range of Earth materials (Scholarship, Research)
  • Understanding of possible sources of uncertainty in geochemical data and the use of statistics to estimate accuracy and precision (Research, Critical thinking)
  • Experience with the numerical manipulation and presentation of geochemical data for the purpose of communication and interpretation (Communication, Information literacy)
  • Understanding of the principles that govern select biogeochemical systems and the effects of human activity on these systems (Scholarship, Interdisciplinary perspective, Environmental literacy)
  • Enhanced capacity to read relevant peer-reviewed scientific literature and to understand and critically evaluate interpretations made on the basis of geochemical data (Scholarship, Critical thinking)

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system