• Class Number 2964
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Michael Ellwood
    • AsPr Michael Ellwood
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

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

Field Trips

There is a field trip for this course. It is scheduled for 2-3 March 2019.

The field trip is to Narooma, leaving on Saturday afternoon 2 March and returning Sunday afternoon 3 March

Additional Course Costs

~120-140 for the field trip

Required Resources

Lab coat, safety glasses and suitable footwear are required for the Chemistry labs

Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics

Chemical Ocean and the Marine Carbon Cycle

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Please note, that where there are multiple assessment tasks of the same type, e.g weekly quizzes, a date range is used in the Assessment Summary. The first date is the approximate due date of the first task, the return date is the approximate return date for the final task. Further information is provided in the assessment section of the class summary, and details are provided on the course wattle site

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Weeks 1-12 Lectures, practicals Exam and poster presentation

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Semester Exam 40 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2
Practical/Laboratories 40 % 13/03/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3
Poster Presentation 15 % 23/05/2019 04/07/2019 4
Online and in-class quizzes 5 % 25/02/2019 31/05/2019 1,2

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Late in second half of the semester

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Semester Exam

Your marine biogeochemical knowledge will be tested in an exam. This exam will be 2 hours and will either be held in week 10 in the practical period or during the exam period in June

You will be allowed a calculator and pen/pencil in the exam

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 13/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


There are 7 practicals for the course – all assessable.

FOUR chemistry laboratories carried out in the Sciences Teaching Building (Bldg 136).

Chemistry laboratories start in Week 3 (13 March).

Please bring your lab coat, safety glasses and suitable footwear!

Each chemistry laboratory report is due at the beginning of the next laboratory. 

THREE Practicals will be held in RSES, Bldg 142.

The practicals will involve computer work and calculations.

Laboratory reports must be handed in the week after completing each laboratory/practical. 

The date range for these tasks indicates the approximate due date for the first report lab report and the approximate return date for the last report. There are 7 reports due over the semester. It is intended that marked reports will be returned within 2 weeks after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 23/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4

Poster Presentation

In weeks 11-12 you will be tasked with making a poster and presenting this to your classmates, lecturers and others.

For the poster, you will have to research a topic and present an aspect of its marine biogeochemical cycle.

Poster size - A0

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Online and in-class quizzes

These online and in-class quizzes will test your knowledge of the lecture material being presented.

The date range for these tasks indicates the approximate due date for the first report quiz and the approximate return date for the last quiz. There are several quizzes due over the semester. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Practicals and laboratory assignments will be returned within 2-3 weeks of submission

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Michael Ellwood
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Research Interests

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Oceanography

AsPr Michael Ellwood

AsPr Michael Ellwood

Research Interests

AsPr Michael Ellwood

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