Module Details

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Code ENVS366
Coordinator Dr P Salaun
Earth, Ocean and Ecological Sciences
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2013-14 Level Three Whole Session 15


To introduce and discuss the most topical research issues in Marine Science.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

            1. Knowledge and Understanding

            a. Awareness of the main research issues in marine sciences.

            2. Intellectual Abilities

            a. Critical reading of scientific literature articles.

b. Using knowledge of the subject to assess the importance of individual contributions to the literature.

c. Defence of scientific material in a conference setting.

            3. Subject Based Practical Skills

            a. Processing of research data sets.

      60;      4. General Transferable Skills

            a. Reporting the main research findings on topics (through a number of different media including oral presentation, poster presentation, essay) to an audience of their peers and academic staff.

b. Group discussion.


The dynamics of carbon and nutrient cycles (GAW)

1. Molecular and isotopic signature of particles as tracers of heterotrophy

2. How stable is the deep-ocean environment?


Uptake of metals by organisms and environmental effects (CMGVDB)

1. Uptake mechanismsof metals by marine microorganisms

2. Limitation of oceanic primary productivity by iron


`Mixing in the Ocean' (RGW)

1. Traditional view of how the ocean is mixed

2. Recent new estimates of low interior mixingand elevated mixing over rough topography.

3. Theoretical implications for how the oceanoverturns

4. Biogeochemical implications concerning howproduction is sustained

Role of Ice in the Climate System (HL/CW)

1. Ice, the albedo and the radiation budget.

2. Icecaps and Glaciers.

3. Ice-shelves and icebergs.

4. Sea ice.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Introductory lectures (Learning Outcome 1a) on particular topics will be followed up by workshops. Students will be expected to search for and read relevant literature references (Learning Outcome 2 a-c) and to present the major findings of research at the workshops by means of structured seminars, poster sessions, short talks and essays (Learning outcomes 4 a, b).

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 12

Workshops and talks/posters
Timetable (if known) 12 lectures
        6 three hour workshops + 6 sessions of talks and posters
Private Study 102


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Final examination  3 hours  50  Yes - August / September    Unseen research paper, Learning Outcomes 1a, 2a,b, 3a, 4a  
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Coursework     50  No  Standard University Policy applies - see Department/School handbook for details.  COURSEWORK and WORKSHOPS, 5 sessions at 10% each = 50 %. Assessments can be posters, assessed talks, essays, Learning Outcomes 1a, 2a-c, 3a, 4a,b  

Recommended Texts

Papers to be disseminated by staff. No given text book.