This course is a graduate level course of Mineralogy. The course is designed to acquire the knowledge about the physical and optical properties of various rock forming minerals and to develop a relationship between the structure chemistry and properties of silicates, carbonates, oxides, sulphides, and phosphate. This will help the students in learning the mechanisms of mineral nucleation, crystal growth and importance of kinetics in mineral formation as well as by using different computer programs, they will be able to calculate mineralogical parameters.


  • Identification of minerals by Physical and optical properties.

  • Understand the mechanisms of mineral nucleation and crystal growth.

  • Apply different computer programs to calculate mineralogical parameters.

  • Understand the role of kinetics in mineral formation.

 Recommended Books:

  1. Perkins, D. (1998). Mineralogy. In the Beginning, 17(17), 38.
  2. Deer, W. A. (2011). Rock-forming minerals. Geological Society of London.
  3. Blackburn, W. H., & Dennen, W. H. (1994). Principles of mineralogy. WCB/McGraw-Hill.
  4. Perkins, D., & Henke, K. R. (2004). Minerals in thin section (No. 549.9 PER).
  5. Philpotts, A. R. (1989). Petrography of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Pearson College Div.
  6. MacKenzie, W. S., & Guilford, C. (2014). Atlas of the Rock-Forming Minerals in Thin Section. Routledge.

Course Start Date: October 12, 2020

Course End Date:   February 04, 2021


Sessional: 20 (Presentation + Participation + Assignments)

Midterm exam: 30




Final exam: 50

Total: 100

  • 75 % attendance is must for the students to appear in exam of Midterm and final
  • Monthly attendance will informed to students
  • Students are required be attentive in class
  • Sessional marked would only be given according to the assigned criteria


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