Petrography of Igneous rocks

School  Natural Sciences
Academic Unit
 Geology Department
Level of Studies
Course Code
Εξάμηνο σπουδών  4ο
Course Title
 Petrography of Igneous rocks
Independent Teaching Activities
 Lectures, Laboratory Exercises, Tutorial
Weekly Teaching Hours
Credits  6
Course Type
 Background, Field of Science and Skills Development 
Prerequisite Courses
Physic, Chemistry, Introduction in Geology, Mineralogy I,II
Language of Instruction & Examinations
Greek. Teaching may be however performed in English in case foreign students attend the course.
Is the Course offered to Erasmus Students
Course Web-Page (URL)  
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the student will be able to:

  • Understanding of basic processes of magma which take place in the upper mantle and in the crust of Earth.
  • Consolidation of basic mineralopetrographic meanings.
  • Familiarization of students about different classification methods of igneous rocks.
  • Ability of macroscopic description and identification of Petrogenetic minerals.
  • Ability of microscopic description and identiufication of igneous rocks according to Streckeisen
  • Connection between theoretical knowledge with practical applications of rocks, for their use as industrial minerals and rocks.
  • Ability to present the knowledge of igneous rocks to scientific audience.
General Competences
  • Searching, analysis and synthesis of facts and information, as well as using the necessary technologies
  • Autonomous (Independent) work
  • Group work
Syllabus  Structure and composition of the interior of the earth and moon- meteorites- characteristic features of rocks- methods of petrographic identification and study- petrographic identification and study- petrogenetic minerals- categories of rocks- igneous rocks- granitic rocks- syenitic rocks- dioritic and gabbroic rocks- ultramafic and ophiolites- rocks with feldspathoid-  veins rocks and rare igneous rocks.
Delivery  Face to Face
Use of Information & Communication Technology
 Lectures (power point), exercises, field exercises.
Teaching Methods
Activity Semester workload
Lectures 2×13=26 
Laboratory exercises  2×13=26
Tutorial   2×13=26
Independent study 72
 Total number of hours for the Course  150
 Student Performance Evaluation

Ι. Theory (50%  of total rate)

Final Examination: Written examination of graded difficulty (multiple choice, short growth questions, development questions, exercises)

ΙΙ. Laboratory (50% of total rate)

  • Laboratory study of thin sections and rocks (25% of total rate)
  • Oral examination : Macroscopical identification of minerals and rocks (25%)
Attached Bibliography
  • Hatzipanagiotou,Κ.G. (1985):Petrography Ι.University of Patras.
  • Raymond,L.A. (1997): Petrology. The study of Igneous Sedimentary Metamorhic Rocks. The MCGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. 2460 Kerper Blvd. Dubuque, IA 52001.