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MST2208 : Oceans and Climate II (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • 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: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


An advanced module that builds on key theoretical background presented in MST2203 Oceans and Climate I, developing the themes introduced there and focusing on the specialist interests of the module team, to provide insights to selected key contemporary issues in modern marine science. The strong emphasis on current research will prepare students for their progression to more advanced study at Stage 3.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lecture material will be based on key contemporary issues in marine science linked to contributing staff interests. Topics will include:

Marine systems modelling
Models and tracers of ocean circulation and process rates
Deoxygenation of the oceans
Ocean acidification
The air-sea exchange of climate active gases

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Online module introduction via Canvas
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Revision session
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Lectures - consolidation of asynchronous learning
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion315:0045:00Completion of 1 formative and 2 summative coursework pieces
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials241:0024:00To be read by the students ahead of the in-person sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study353:00105:00Wider background reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module is entirely based on lectures and reading. Teaching involves scheduled sessions, reading/studying and assessment. Lectures will present relevant, research-focused course material, allowing students to gain a greater appreciation of key contemporary issues in marine science. Students will be further encouraged to develop their critical thinking skills to participate in advanced study of the primary literature relevant to the topics covered. References and further reading suggestions will be provided to help with this, being key papers from primary literature that they will be encouraged to read and assess critically. Students will build upon the independent learning skills developed at Levels FEHQ 5 and 6 (Stage 1) and during MST2203 Oceans and Climate I. Assessment preparation and completion will allow students to fully prepare for the summative assessments. Students will have the opportunity to consolidate and build upon knowledge gained in the taught sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M30Written exercise/essay (max 1000 words)
Written exercise2A70Written exercise consisting of essay and/or data analysis questions.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MWritten exercise/essay (1000 words equivalent)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exercises will assess the level of knowledge and understanding on all aspects of the module, including student reading. The first written exercise is formative, and feedback will help the students to improve their scientific writing, logical thinking and concept manipulation skills in preparation of the two following summative exercises. The last two written exercises are summative and will present students with written exercises and data analysis and interpretation. Questions will be drawn from across all major topic areas covered in the module.

Reading Lists