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MSc Applied Marine Geoscience

These are the modules currently offered on this course in the 2019–20 academic year.

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • OSX-4010: Key Concepts and Techniques (20)
    This course introduces some of the underpinning techniques and concepts of marine science Topics covered include: Mathematical methods MATLAB computer programming Oceanographic data analysis Sediment transport processes The course is taught through lectures, computer practicals and exercises
  • OSX-4011: Practical Oceanography-AMG (20)
    Practical workshops Weeks 2 + 4: GIS workshops (PO + AMG ) Weeks 6 + 8: time-laps bathymetry workshops: SBES & MBES (w8 = help session) (AMG) --- KVL Week 8 and 9: ADCP workshops (PO) --- TR Week 6 and 9: Sub-bottom profiling workshops (AMG) --- DH Field course Week 3 Small Boat Survey SBES AMG ---------------KVL + Technician Week 6 Small Boat Survey MBES (AMG + PO) --------------- KVL + Technician Week 7 Prince Madog Cruises (PO + AMG) -----------KVL + DH + TR The module organiser is Dr. Katrien Van Landeghem. Do not hesitate to approach her with any general questions about this module. Dr. Katrien Van Landeghem; Menai Bridge, room WM 412; Dr. Dei Huws; Menai Bridge, room CM 303 Dr. Tom Rippeth; Menai Bridge, room CM 202; Dr. Reza Hashemi, Menai Bridge, CAMS (Ynys Faelog);
  • OSX-4020: Geophysical Surveying (20)
    In list form, the syllabus can be summarised thus: 1. Seismic surveying a. Propagation of seismic waves in the subsurface b. Field hardware c. Seismic refraction surveying d. Seismic reflection surveying e. Seismic data processing f. Seismic interpretation 2. Electrical and electro-magnetic surveying a. Underlying theory b. Data acquisition techniques c. Interpretation techniques d. Application to terrestrial and marine studies 3. Gravity and magnetic surveying a. Underlying theory b. Gravimeters and magnetometers c. Reduction of data d. Introductory interpretation techniques for eng. geophys. applications

Semester 2

  • OSX-4016: Literature Review-Project Plan (20)
    The purpose of the literature review is to ensure that the student is aware of background literature in the general area of their research project topic. Undertaking a literature review will ensure that they are well briefed before embarking on research, and should focus their attention on very specific areas of knowledge or lack of it and areas of contradiction. The literature review will enable them to place their study in the context of what is known, and thereby stimulate them to develop hypotheses which can be tested by specific questions. It is an essential step in project design. Following introductory lectures each student will spend their time in self-study and literature searching. Project supervisors will meet with their students on a non-formal basis throughout the semester and provide guidance and feedback about progress in the completion of the literature review. At the conclusion of the literature review the student will be able to complete a project proposal form outlining the specific hypotheses to be tested and the overall plan for the project. This will be presented as a 10 minute talk with 5 minutes of questions and will help to confirm sound plans, spot problems and suggest better approaches, such that the student has a much clearer idea of how to proceed. Staff and fellow students will review the proposals, in particular to rein in overambitious plans, to identify problems in experimental design, raise awareness of likely logistical problems, and to draw attention to unconsidered safety issues.
  • OSX-4021: Sediment Geotechnics (20)
    In list form, the syllabus can be summarised thus: 1. Index properties and classification schemes 2. Pore pressure, total stress and effective stress 3. Permeability, critical hydraulic gradient, potential, flow net solutions 4. 1-D consolidation 5. Shear strength The practical element will include: 1. Practical 1: moisture content, specific gravity, particle size distribution, pore water salinity, density, organic matter content, carbonate content, Atterberg limits, consolidation properties 2. Practical 2: undrained shear strength

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  • OSX-4009: Research Project /Dissertation (60) (Semester 3)
    The module will provide students with training and practice in the acquisition of information and data from experimental, observational and computational research and the effective communication of their results. The process of acquiring information will lead to the production of a plan and risk assessment. Students will integrate the various stages of their literature, experimental, computational and observational research into a scientific project report. The bulk of the module will be self-study.

Optional Modules

20 credits from:

  • OSX-4015: Climate and Climate Change (20) (Semester 2)
    The module comprises three parts: A. Climate Processes and Interactions including radiation and global energy balance, greenhouse effect and climate feedbacks, redistribution of solar energy across the globe, ocean circulation including vertical mixing and deep water formation, ice and ocean interaction; B. Natural Climate Variability on Geological Timescales including internal forcing (tectonic timescales), external orbital forcing (glacial/interglacial cycles), external solar forcing (e/g/ Little Ice Age) and Earth system feedbacks (e.g. ice-ocean-climate feedbacks); C. Decadal and Annual Climate Variability and the Impacts of Climate Change including impacts of climate change on local and global scales - El Niño, NAO, CO2 drawdown, in situ monitoring of marine climate change, and Earth observation (remote monitoring) of climate variability.
  • OSX-4022: Sedimentary Environments (20) (Semester 2)
    Summary of Course Content: This should be a summary paragraph of list of the topics to be covered by the module. Coastal and marine sediments are important components of key dynamic, biogeochemical and ecological systems. They have major socio-economic significance. Sedimentary environments, especially those in coastal regions, are very vulnerable to natural and anthropogenic impacts. This module examines the origin, controls, and processes that determine the properties, transport and deposition of sediments in rivers, shallow water environments (e.g. beaches, barriers, deltas, tidal flats), continental shelf and slope environments, and the deep ocean basins. It considers both terrigenous and carbonate environments with emphasis, for the former, on the forcing hydrodynamics (waves, tides, boundary currents, turbidity currents, etc.) and, for the latter, on the dominating biological controls of sediment properties and deposition.
  • SOS graduates who have previously completed a Third Year module concerning marine sedimentary environments should register for OSX4015. Non-SOS graduates can choose between the two.