• 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, Marine Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Michael Ellwood
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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:

  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 2020 is Saturday and Sunday 29 February/1 March.

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

  1. Practical/laboratory assignments (40) [LO 2,3]
  2. An essay or poster presentation (15) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. Theory examination (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Online quizzes (5) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 x 3 hour practical per week
  • A weekend field trip to Narooma over the weekend after Week 1
  • Approximately 56 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

In this course, students learn how to analyse samples in the laboratory. This requires students to be able to:

  • make and interpret visual observations
  • safely participate in the chemistry laboratories

Students who can provide evidence they cannot meet these requirements may be able to negotiate alternative assessment and participation requirements with the course convenor.

Students in this course have the option to participate in an overnight trip to collect seawater samples. To participate in this trip, students must be able to:

  • Travel to the coastal location and stay nearby.
  • Safely participate in a half day research boat trip.

Students who cannot meet these requirements cannot choose to participate in this optional trip. For more information, please refer to the trip information page.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHEM1101. Incompatible with GEOL3023 and EMSC6023.

Prescribed Texts

None

Assumed Knowledge

Student should have a broad chemistry background

Majors

Minors

Fees

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:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3709 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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