Course Information
Course Title Code Semester T + P ECTS
Optical Mineralogy JEL202 1 1 + 2 2

Prerequisites None

Language Turkish
Level Bachelor's Degree
Type Compulsory
Coordinator Assist.Prof. GÜRKAN BACAK
Instructors Assist.Prof. GÜRKAN BACAK
Goals Introducing polarizing microscope accompanied by various microscopic applications.
Contents Introduction to crystal optics. The content and components of optical mineralogy. And preparation of thin sections.
Work Placement(s) Absent

Number Learning Outcomes
1 Learning the components of optical mineralogy.
2 Recognition of components in polarizing microscope.
3 Learning how to do conoscopic and orthoscopic polarization studies.

Mode of Delivery Face-to-Face
Planned Learning Activities & Teaching Methods Face to face.
Assessment Methods Mid term and final exam.

Course Content
Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to crystal optics. Content and components of optical mineralogy. None.
2 Thin-section and its preparation. Light and polarizing light. None.
3 Isotropic and anisotropic substances. Reflection, refraction and refraction index. None.
4 Indicatrix, uniaxial and biaxial indicatrix. None.
5 Usage of nicols (polarizer and analyzer). Components of polarizing microscopes. None.
6 Examinations under plane polarized light (PPL): opacity, colour, pleochroism, crystal habit and geometry, cleavage-parting-cracks, inclusion, alteration, paragenesis. None.
7 Examinations under plane polarized light (PPL): relief, Becke line method. None.
8 Examinations under crossed polars (XPL); isotropy and anisotropy, interference colour and measurement of birefringence. None.
9 Mid term exam.
10 Conoscopic examinations; interference figure and sign of uniaxial crystals under the conoscope. None.
11 Determination of plagioclase types by examining extinction angle measurements. None.
12 Modal analysis of the rocks. None.
13 Optical characteristics of common rock-forming minerals. None.
14 Examinations under crossed polars (XPL); Newton colour scale and accessory plates, extinction and measurement of extinction angles, elongation direction. None.

Textbook Arslan, M. Optik Mineraloji Ders Notu.
Additional Resources Uz, B., 1987; Mineral ve Kayaç Tayininde Optik Mineraloji Yöntemleri. Birsen yayınevi, İstanbul. Aslaner, M., 1986; Optik Mineraloji. Karadeniz Üniversitesi Basım evi, Trabzon.

Assessment System Quantity Percentage
In-Term Studies
Mid-terms 1 80
Assignments 1 20
In-Term Total 2 100
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall 40
Contribution of Final Exam to Overall 60
Total 100

Course's Contribution to PLO
No Key Learning Outcomes Level
1 2 3 4 5
1 Has the sufficient background on mathematics, science and engineering in his own branch. x
2 Makes use of conceptual and applied knowledge in mathematics, science and in his own area in accordance for engineering solutions. x
3 Determines, defines, formulates and solves problems in engineering; fort his aim selects and applies the appropriate analytical models and modeling techniques. x
4 Analyses a system, system component or process and in order to meet the requirements, designs under realistic conditions; thus applies modern techniques of design. x
5 Selects and uses modern techniques and devices necessary for engineering applications. x
6 Designs and carries out experiments, collects data, analyzes and comments on the findings. x
7 Works effectively and individually on multi disciplinary teams. x
8 Accesses knowledge, and to do this, does research, uses databases and other data sources. x
9 Is aware of the importance of lifelong learning; follows advances in science and technology and updates his knowledge continuously. x
10 Uses communication and information technology at least at advanced level of European Computer Driving License. x
11 Communicates effectively both orally and in writing; uses a foreign language at least at B1 level of European Language Portfolio. x
12 Communicates using technical drawing. x
13 Is aware of the universal and social effects of engineering solutions and applications; is aware of entrepreneurship and innovativeness and is knowledgeable about the problems of the current age. x
14 Has the awareness of Professional ethics and responsibility. x
15 Has awareness about Project management, workplace applications, health of workers, environment and work security; and about legal consequences of engineering applications. x

Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load (h)
Course Duration 14 2 28
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 1 14
Assignments 1 3 3
Laboratory 14 1 14
Mid-terms 1 3 3
Final examination 1 3 3
Total Work Load (h) 65
Total Work Load / 30 (h) 2.17
ECTS Credit of the Course 2