Anno Accademico 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Alberto Vitale Brovarone (Modulo 1) Kevin Wong (Modulo 2)
  • Modalità didattica: Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza (Modulo 1) Convenzionale - Lezioni in presenza (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Laurea Magistrale in Geologia e territorio (cod. 9073)

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

This course covers the quantitative methods used to infer the evolution of igneous and metamorphic rocks from their mineral assemblages and textures. Students will learn a variety of approaches, from field study to thermodynamic calculations, all of which help to draw conclusions on multi-scale observations of real rocks. Applied petrology includes the understanding of how predictive models for rocks under different pressures, temperatures and fluid compositions are carried out, with a special emphasis on raw materials in general. This unit comprises the study of published work showing the application of petrological methods to ore geology. Knowing basic petrologic concepts and how to perform a microstructural study on thin sections using optical and electronic microscopies are a prerequisite.


Definition of the most important petrologic pathways of global volatile recycling as drivers for element mobility/deposition and ore formation. Summary of key igneous and metamorphic rocks and their role in global volatile cycling. Description and interpretation of fluid-rock interaction processes through theory, field, and microstructural features. Analytical techniques in petrology.


Harlov, Daniel, and Hakon Austrheim. Metasomatism and the chemical transformation of rock: The role of fluids in terrestrial and extraterrestrial processes. Springer Science & Business Media, 2012

and scientific articles discussed during the course

Metodi didattici

Lectures, hands-on practices to gain experience on global petrological processes controlling element recycling in the lithosphere, from the field to the microscale, including optical and electron microscopy. Individual work and reporting on different types of assignments, for example managing geochemical dataset. Learning activities may be delivered also in instructed team sessions, to enhance group discussion, or in flipped class to increase student engagement and learning.

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The individual performances are evaluated through the participation in class activities, and through the final written and oral exam. Class participation includes student engagement during lectures and practical work. Each student is expected to deliver a professional-style presentation on the project selected for the final examination, aimed at introducing it to the class and to gather comments and recommendations. The final written exam is a written report dealing with an individual research project. The oral exam is aimed at discussing the individual reports and testing the contents of the course.

The grades in the Italian university system are expressed out of thirty. The passing grade is 18/30. In case of full grade (30/30) the Professor(s) may also decide to award honours (lode).

Here below the breakdown of the final grade

10% Class participation

20% Project presentation

70% Final exam - Written report 

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

  • Lecture rooms equipped with audiovisual resources
  • Study rooms with wireless internet (Almawifi; Eduroam)
  • Rock and thin section collections
  • Laboratory equipped with polarizing microscopes (transmitted and reflected light) and audiovisual resources
  • Free entrance to the Collezione di Mineralogia "Museo Luigi Bombicci" [https://sma.unibo.it/it/il-sistema-museale/collezione-di-mineralogia-luigi-bombicci]

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Alberto Vitale Brovarone

Consulta il sito web di Kevin Wong


Energia pulita e accessibile Consumo e produzione responsabili Lotta contro il cambiamento climatico

L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.