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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

The unit will address current research topics on the physical and chemical aspects of the marine environment. The unit will consist of a practical research project that will include planning, experimental design, sampling and analytical techniques, data analysis, and scientific writing. The students will collect original physical and chemical data from a range of coastal and marine ecosystems including sandy beaches, coral reefs, mangrove creeks, estuaries, and seagrass beds and produce a report comparing the different ecosystems. Focus will be given to physical, chemical and biological drivers of carbon dioxide dynamics in different marine ecosystems. The datasets will be used to develop in depth data analysis skills and to produce a scientific report that will be used as the main assessment item.

Unit content

  • Introduction to chemical oceanography.
  • Introduction to physical oceanography.
  • Sources and sinks of carbon in marine environments.
  • Physical drivers of greenhouse gas production and exchange with the atmosphere.
  • Natural and anthropogenic drivers of seawater chemistry.
  • Influence of climate change and ocean acidification on seawater chemistry.

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 Plan and design a research project in physical and chemical marine science
2 Gather relevant information or generate relevant data to undertake a research study
3 Use appropriate data tables and graphics for targeted technical and scientific publications.
4 Write a professional report in a format suitable for a publication or a grant application.
5 Work successfully as a member of a scientific team with diverse skills and backgrounds.

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

  1. Plan and design a research project in physical and chemical marine science
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  2. Gather relevant information or generate relevant data to undertake a research study
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  3. Use appropriate data tables and graphics for targeted technical and scientific publications.
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  4. Write a professional report in a format suitable for a publication or a grant application.
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  5. Work successfully as a member of a scientific team with diverse skills and backgrounds.
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