• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Ellwood
    • Prof Stephen Eggins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This is an advanced course that explores the relationships between marine  chemistry, marine biological and geochemical processes - with a focus on  developing an understanding of the interplay and responses between ocean  chemistry, marine biology and global change. Topics covered include the theory  and application of chemical and isotopic tracers in oceanography and  palaeoceanography, macro- and micro-nutrient cycling, sediment and suspended  particulate interactions, element speciation, and biomineralization. Practical  work will cover a range of standard and sophisticated laboratory methods for  nutrients, elemental, isotopic and chemical speciation analysis, as well as a  field sampling excursion to the South Coast of NSW.

Note: lectures and practicals in this course are attended by undergraduate  students enrolled in EMSC3023

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Explain the chemical processes that influence carbon uptake by the ocean

2. Comprehend the processes involved determining the nutrient structure of the ocean

3. Undertake chemical analysis of water samples collected in the field setting and relate them to theory 

4. Describe the biogeochemical processes that influence compounds and organisms in the ocean and interpret findings within the recent literature

Other Information

There will be a 2 day field trip to Narooma.  Students are required to pay a contribution towards the cost of the field trip; expected to be approximately $140.

Payment can be made online at ScienceShop http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/

Indicative Assessment

A combination of theory examination, practical/laboratory assignments, an essay topic and/or a poster presentation.

  • Practical/laboratory assignments (30% LO 2-3)
  • Essay or Poster presentaion (30% (LO 1,2 and 4)
  • Theory Examination (40% LO 1-4)

Students in the this graduate version of this course  will be required to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the material in the assessment items.

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A maximum of 26 hours of lectures/tutorials and 39 hours of laboratory and tutorial classes

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level CHEM courses. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed EMSC3023 or GEOL3023.

Preliminary Reading

Chemical Oceanography and the Global Carbon Cycle" (2008) Emerson, S. and J. I. Hedges, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK

Assumed Knowledge

Bachelor degree with a broad chemistry background


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2518 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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