Students will learn: 1. To identify and interpret the biogeochemical processes that operate in coastal waters, including mangroves, coral reefs, estuaries, seagrass beds, and embayments. 2. Current procedures for planning and conducting environmental sampling and monitoring programs for quantifying coastal biogeochemical processes. 3. Modern analytical techniques that are part of biogeochemical monitoring and research in coastal waters. 4. To critically analyse, synthesise, and interpret a complex biogeochemical dataset. 5. Produce a technical and/or scientific report with a plain English summary.
Topic 1: Material loadings to coastal ecosystems via rivers, groundwater and atmosphere.
Topic 2: Estuarine hydrography, mixing and residence times.
Topic 3: Phytoplankton-related biogeochemical processes.
Topic 4: Sediment biogeochemistry.
Topic 5: Biogeochemical cycles in coastal waters.
Topic 6: Greenhouse gas sources and sinks.
Topic 7: Feedbacks between climate change and coastal biogeochemical processes.
Topic 8: Local human impacts on coastal biogeochemical cycles.
Topic 9: Isotopes as tracers of biogeochemical processes.
Topic 10: Standard sample collection, handling, preservation and storage procedures for sediment, water, and biological samples.
Topic 11: Measuring biogeochemical processes using cutting edge techniques.
Topic 12: Case studies in coastal biogeochemistry: latest SCU and global research.
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Critically analyse how physical, geological, chemical and biological processes (biogeochemistry) interact to control the fate and effect of material on the metabolism of coastal ecosystems||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Evaluate the strengths and limitations of techniques used to measure biogeochemical processes in coastal waters||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Critically assess appropriate methods for sample collection, handling, preservation and storage procedures for sediment, water and biogeochemical samples.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Identify a range of modern analytical instrumentation and be able to understand the advantages and limitations of various techniques||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse, synthesize and interpret a complex biogeochemical data set to produce a technical and scientific report||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
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Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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