• Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Earth and Marine Science
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Michael Ellwood
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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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.

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. Understand the chemical processes that influence carbon uptake by the ocean
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved determining the nutrient structure of the ocean
  3. Undertake chemical analysis of water samples collected in the field setting
  4. Describe the biogeochemical processes that influence compounds and organisms in the ocean in context of recent literature

Other Information

There will be a 2 day field trip to Narooma. 

The date for this trip in 2017 is Saturday and Sunday 25 & 26 February.

Students are required to pay a contribution towards the cost of the field trip; expected to be approximately $150- $180.

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 graduate version of this course (EMSC6023) will be required to demonstrate a more 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 CHEM1101. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GEOL3023 or EMSC6023.

Preliminary Reading

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

Assumed Knowledge

Student should have 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
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
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
2963 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person View

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