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SOES2027 Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography II

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

1. To introduce the techniques of sampling of the water column for chemical and biological studies in an oceanographic context. 2. To advance understanding and knowledge of chemical processes in estuaries and coastal waters. 3. To provide an introduction to pollution in marine systems. 4. To introduce benthic biology and ecosystem structure in coastal and shelf seas in order to help interpret practicals. 5. To provide a chemical and biological introduction to estuarine and coastal and shelf environments. 6. To provide a limited number of case studies to indicate linkages between chemical biological and physical and sediment processes in estuarine and coastal systems.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Understand the basic sampling systems needed for marine water column studies.
  • Identify the basic issues underlying marine pollution
  • Analyse and evaluate data collected from coastal and estuarine systems and be able to write a coherent concise scientific report based on this material.
  • Understand important processes influencing chemical materials in the coastal and estuarine systems within the marine environment.
  • Be aware of the integrated view needed of coastal and shelf systems in order to have an effective view of their operation.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • team working
  • report writing
  • time management
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Practical skills in water sampling and analysis
  • Lateral thinking as applied to marine science in understanding near-shore systems.
  • To develop team work, report writing and practical skills needed as a precursor for second year field course.

Syllabus

Topics include: • Course introduction and water column sampling for chemical and biological studies • Chemical processes in near-shore waters • Overview of coastal ecosystems and background to benthic biology • Introduction to marine pollution • Case studies involving holistic view of near shore systems.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Formal Lectures: 22 x 45 minute lectures will cover the material outlined above. Lectures are supported by illustrated and video blackboard materials. References to the applicable chapter of course texts and/or other relevant journal articles are provided as essential reading for relevant lectures. Practical sessions: 1 x 4 hour boat practical will apply material given in the lectures. One following 4 hour practical will analyse the samples collected, and will be followed by preparation of an assessed report. 2 x 1 hour boat skills sessions provide training in practical techniques required for the summer fieldcourse. Tutorials: Three tutorials with personal tutor. Support: is provide by staff and/or postgraduate demonstrators. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Lecture24
Tutorial3
Independent Study113
Practical classes and workshops12
Total study time152

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Assessment Method Theory Examination 65%): A 2 hour written examination. Students must answer three questions from five. Tests Learning Outcomes: 1 – 5. Estuarine chemistry practical (25%): Tests Learning Outcome 1, 3, 5. Tutorials (10%): Tests Learning Outcomes: 4, plus gaining transferable skills.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Practical assessment 25%
Theory examination  (2 hours) 65%
Tutorial 10%
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