Run by School of Ocean Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr David Assinder
Overall aims and purpose
This module provides an introduction to marine biogeochemistry. It emphasises the links between the biological, geological and chemical processes taking place in the oceans with particular emphasis on man-made changes to natural processes. Theoretical aspects are reinforced with practical work designed to introduce basic analytical techniques and their application to problems of environmental relevance.
The purpose of the module is to:
- Examine the essential processes in marine biogeochemistry
- Understand how biology, geology and chemistry are linked in the oceans
- Use examples of man-made additions to the oceans to highlight the main processes
- Gain experience and skills in laboratory techniques relevant to an understanding of marine biogeochemistry
Equivalent to score in the "B" range 60% to 70%
Attend practical sessions and perform practical work and analysis of data in a competent manner. Demonstrate a good knowledge, gained from taught material, practicals and directed reading, under examination conditions and an ability to use this knowledge to answer unseen questions. Able to appreciate and describe the processes that influence biogeochemical cycles in the oceans with particular reference to man-made changes. Able to appreciate the concept of calibration in analytical chemistry and interpretation of data generated during laboratory experiments.
Equivalent to score in the "A" range 70% or higher
Attend practical sessions and carry out experimental work carefully and in an enquiring manner. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge, gained from taught material, practicals and directed reading, of taught material under exam conditions and be able to extrapolate or use additional information obtained by independent reading. Considerable appreciation and clear ability to describe the processes that influence biogeochemical cycles in the oceans with particular reference to man-made changes. Considerable appreciation the concept of calibration in analytical chemistry and interpretation of data generated during laboratory experiments.
Equivalent to 40%:
Attend practical session. Basic understanding, gained from taught material, practicals and directed reading, under examination conditions. Basic ability to appreciate and describe the processes that influence biogeochemical cycles in the oceans with particular reference to man-made changes. Basic appreciation of the concept of calibration in analytical chemistry and interpretation of data generated during laboratory experiments.
Demonstrate a knowledge of fundamental biogeochemical processes in the oceans
Appreciate how man-made changes to the oceans affect biogeochemical processes
Master some introductory laboratory techniques associated with the analysis of seawater
|COURSEWORK||Online test - marine biogeochemistry||
Online test on the lecture and practical material. 20 short questions in 1 hour
Multiple choice examination on the module material, 30 questions.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Asynchronous lecture material
One three hour and one two hour practical. By semester 2 it is hoped this will be face-to-face but may still be an online variant.
Eighty-eight hours of private study
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/osx-1007.html
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- F650: BSC Geological Oceanography year 1 (BSC/GEO)
- F62F: BSc Geological Oceanography year 1 (BSC/GEOF)
- 8S54: BSc Geological Oceanography (with International Experience) year 1 (BSC/GEOIE)
- F7F6: BSc Ocean and Geophysics year 1 (BSC/OGP)
- F700: BSC Ocean Science year 1 (BSC/OS)
- F652: MSci Geological Oceanography year 1 (MSCI/GO)
- F734: MSci Physical Oceanography year 1 (MSCI/PO)
Optional in courses:
- F710: BSC Marine Environmental Studies year 1 (BSC/MES)
- F713: BSc Marine Environmental Stud with International Experience year 1 (BSC/MESIE)
- F79P: BSc Marine Environmental Studies year 1 (BSC/MESP)
- F840: BSc Physical Geography and Oceanography year 1 (BSC/PGO)