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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to (1) the biogeochemical processes that operate in coastal systems, (2) the procedures for planning and conducting environmental sampling and monitoring programs for monitoring ecosystem processes, (3) modern wet chemical and instrumental analytical techniques that are part of environmental sampling and monitoring programs and (4) the techniques to analyse, synthesise, and interpret a biogeochemical data set and produce a technical report with a plain English summary.

Unit content

Material loadings to coastal ecosystems
Estuarine hydrography, mixing, and residence times
Phytoplankton and primary productivity
Sediment biogeochemistry
Biogeochemical cycles in coastal waters
Greenhouse gas sources and sinks
Climate change and ocean acidification
Human impacts on biogeochemical cycles
Stable isotopes and biomarkers as tracers of biogeochemical processes
Measuring biogeochemical processes

Learning outcomes

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe how physical, geological, chemical and biological processes (biogeochemistry) interact to control the fate and effect of material on the metabolism of coastal ecosystems
2 demonstrate techniques to measure biogeochemical processes in coastal ecosystems
3 demonstrate standard sample collection, handling, preservation and storage procedures for sediment, water, and biological samples
4 identify a range of modern analytical instrumentation and be able to describe the advantages, limitations and uses of various techniques
5 demonstrate an ability to collect, analyse, synthesise, and interpret a data set on biogeochemical processes and produce a technical report with a plain English summary.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe how physical, geological, chemical and biological processes (biogeochemistry) interact to control the fate and effect of material on the metabolism of coastal ecosystems
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate techniques to measure biogeochemical processes in coastal ecosystems
    • GA4:
  3. demonstrate standard sample collection, handling, preservation and storage procedures for sediment, water, and biological samples
    • GA4:
  4. identify a range of modern analytical instrumentation and be able to describe the advantages, limitations and uses of various techniques
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. demonstrate an ability to collect, analyse, synthesise, and interpret a data set on biogeochemical processes and produce a technical report with a plain English summary.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
    • GA5:

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.