Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Oceanography and Marine Geology
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 22 x 2 Hour Lectures


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%

Learning Outcomes

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

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.

Module Skills

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


This module is at CQFW Level 6