MST3103 : Advanced Oceanography
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Robert Upstill-Goddard
- Lecturer: Dr Miguel Morales Maqueda, Dr Guenther Uher
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||30|
This module provides a 'finishing course' for students with interests in postgraduate studies in Oceanography, and will provide insights into various topics at the forefront of contemporary research in these science areas. Study units will involve workshop-type small group teaching thus permitting interaction with research active teaching staff. The overall goal of the module is to illustrate modern, multidisciplinary research across the entire range of marine sciences and will cover a wide range of topics in current research in Oceanography.
Outline Of Syllabus
4 x 8 hour lecture blocks based on current topics in Marine Biology linked to academic staff research interests. Topics could cover subjects such as:
Sea Surface Microlayer
Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles
Time Series Data Sets
In addition, all students will complete a full day session on-board the research vessel, the further develop their subject-specific practical survey skills.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||3:00||3:00||Examination|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||32||1:30||48:00||Examination revision|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||32||1:00||32:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||32||4:00||128:00||Lecture follow up: reading|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||32||2:00||64:00||Lecture follow up: ReCap|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||8:00||8:00||Research vessel practical|
|Guided Independent Study||Skills practice||1||15:00||15:00||Modelling worksheet|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||1||2:00||2:00||Modelling tutorials|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will present relevant, research-focused course material, allowing students to gain a greater appreciation of the research activities undertaken by academic staff. Students will be further encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills to participate in advanced discussions of the primary literature relevant to the topics covered.
Practical sessions are designed to cover more advanced subject-specific survey techniques and will build upon practical skills developed at Levels 4 and 5.
Directed research and reading will support the information received through formal lectures by guided independent study using key papers from primary literature. Students build upon the independent learning skills developed at Levels 4 and 5.
Assessment preparation and completion will allow students to fully prepare written examination. They will have the opportunity to consolidate and build upon knowledge gained in the taught sessions.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||2||M||Research vessel worksheet|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||Modelling Worksheet|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written examination will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the module, including student reading. The examination will present students with two questions from each of the four topics, and students have to answer one question per topic.
The formative research vessel report will consolidate students analytical skills of practical techniques. The formative modelling worksheet will give students the opportunity to practice using modelling software to manipulate relevant oceanographic data.