|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||15 x 2 hours|
|Practical||3 x 2 hours|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Unseen exam.||50%|
|Semester Assessment||2 x 15 minute group oral presentations||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Data analysis assignment (2000 words)||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmission of all failed (< 40%) components. Marks for passed components will be carried forward in the recalculation of the resat module mark.||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Describe ocean bathymetry and the relationship between ocean basins and tectonics.
Describe various sedimentology and marine sedimentary environments, and have the ability to interpret sedimentary sequences in terms of their marine sedimentary depositional environment.
Evaluate the basic sources and sinks of chemicals into the marine environments.
Critically analyse contemporary issues in oceanography for example over-fishing and pollution.
Brief Description: This course will review ocean circulation, ocean basin bathymetry, tectonics and marine geochemistry, but will have an emphasis and shallow and deep water marine sedimentology
Weeks 1-4: Principles: bathymetry; ocean basins and tectonics; ocean water circulation; tides; waves; marine geochemistry 1: aqueous geochemistry; principles of sedimentology, erosion, transport, deposition, diagenesis.
Weeks 5-8: Shallow marine sedimentation; deep marine sedimentation.
Week 9: Marine geochemistry 2: sediment/water interaction, early diagenesis.
Week 10: Acretionary prisms
In addition there will be two practicals on marine sedimentary rocks and two student conferences: contemporary issues in oceanography (week 4) and sedimentary depositional environments (week 8). These conferences will be run as evening sessions.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Data analysis assignment|
|Communication||Written assignment and oral presentation|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Generally developed though course|
|Information Technology||Used throughout|
|Personal Development and Career planning|
|Problem solving||In the oral presentations and data analysis assignment|
|Research skills||Oral presentations and data analysis assignment|
|Subject Specific Skills||Petrographic analysis of sedimentary rocks|
|Team work||Oral presentations|
Reading ListEssential Reading
(1989) Ocean chemistry and deep-sea sediments. Open University Primo search (2001) Seawater: its composition properties and behaviour. 2nd Edition Open University Primo search (1989) The ocean basins: their structure and evolution. Open University Primo search (2001) Waves, tides and shallow-water processes 2nd Edition Open University Primo search Chester, R. (2000) Marine Geochemistry, 2nd Edition Blackwell Science Primo search Ocean circulation (2001) Open University Reading, H.G. (1996) Sedimentary Environments, Processes, facies and Stratigraphy. Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6