- Class Number 3166
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Michael Ellwood
- Prof Michael Ellwood
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the chemical processes that influence carbon uptake by the ocean
- Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved determining the nutrient structure of the ocean
- Undertake chemical analysis of water samples collected in the field setting
- Describe the biogeochemical processes that influence compounds and organisms in the ocean in context of recent literature
There is a field trip for this course. It is scheduled for 26-27 Feb 2022
The field trip is to Narooma, leaving on Saturday afternoon 26 February and returning Sunday afternoon 27 February
Additional Course Costs
~$160 for the field trip
Lab coat, safety glasses and suitable footwear are required for the Chemistry labs. Under covid rules we cannot lend coats or glasses, you need to bring your own.
Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics
Chemical Ocean and the Marine Carbon Cycle
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations, a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU 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.
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
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture - Field Trip Intro & box modelling lecture|
|2||Lectures and practical Productivity and Export Lecture||online quiz and practical exercise|
|3||Lectures and laboratory Oxygen Lecture||online quiz and laboratory exercise|
|4||Lectures and laboratory Nitrogen and Silicate Lecture||online quiz and laboratory exercise|
|5||Lectures and laboratory Carbonate 1 and 2 Lecture||online quiz and laboratory exercise|
|6||Lectures and practical Carbonate 3 and 4 Lecture||online quiz and practical exercise|
|7||Lectures and practical Metals 1 and 2 Lecture||online quiz and practical exercise|
|8||Lectures and practical Radiocarbon Lecture||online quiz and practical exercise|
|9||Lectures and Poster development U-Series 1 and 2 Lecture||online quiz|
|10||Lectures and Poster development Sediments Lecture||online quiz|
|11||weeks 11 and 12 Poster development||Poster Presentation|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Semester Exam||40 %||02/06/2022||30/06/2022||1, 2|
|Poster/Video Presentation||15 %||23/05/2022||30/06/2022||4|
|Online and in-class quizzes||10 %||*||*||1, 2|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU 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 RequirementsThe 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 Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks 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.
Lectures and labs/pracs will be face-to-face. The lectures will be recorded for students who cannot attend the lecture and placed on wattle. For some practical sessions, remote access may be possible but for the chemical laboratories, remote access will not be possible.
The field trip is not compulsory but students are strongly encouraged to attend to gain hands-on experience in field sampling.
The exam will be in the designated exam period after semester 1.
Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for the end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
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 the 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
Learning Outcomes: 1-3
There are 7 practicals for the course – all are assessable.
Three chemistry laboratories are to be carried out in the Sciences Teaching Building (Bldg 136).
Chemistry laboratories start in Week 3 (7 March).
Please bring your lab coat, safety glasses and suitable footwear!
Each chemistry laboratory report is due at the beginning of the next laboratory.
3-4 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.
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
Learning Outcomes: 4
In weeks 11-12 you will be tasked with making a poster/video and presenting this to your classmates, lecturers and others.
For the poster/video, you will have to research a topic and present an aspect of its marine biogeochemical cycle.
Poster size - A0/Video 10 minutes long
Assessment Task 4
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.
There are several quizzes due over the semester. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
Academic IntegrityAcademic 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 SubmissionThe ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Hardcopy SubmissionFor 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 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 RequirementsAccepted 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.
Practicals and laboratory assignments will be returned within 2-3 weeks of submission
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions 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.
Distribution of grades policyAcademic 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 studentsThe 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).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Prof Michael Ellwood