CEG3606 : Biogeochemistry
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Geoffrey Abbott
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To further develop an understanding of the vital role that organisms play and have played throughout geological time in cycling elements throughout the Earth system. This module will also illuminate the way in which human activity is rapidly changing the integrated planetary system using the methods of chemistry, geology and biology. The module also follows on from the basic introduction to microbiology and microbial diversity given in CEG2607. The overall aim is to understand that biogeochemical processes, both micro and macro, leave distinct and measureable chemical signatures in the geological record that can be exploited to provide valuable information about present and past environments.
Outline Of Syllabus
Topics covered will include: Biological processes of geochemical and environmental significance, the carbon cycle, organic matter production, preservation and degradation, chemical methods for characterising organic matter, hydrocarbons, palaeoenvironmental studies and the application of proxies for reconstructing past environments. These topics will be covered in a series of lectures, laboratory practical classes investigating organic molecules preserved in petroleum. The basic format will be:
The relationship of biogeochemistry and earth system science.
The great acceleration.
The first near-catastrophe.
Science, Darwin and evolution.
The carbon cycle.
Chemical composition of organic matter.
Analytical biogeochemistry including
Thin Layer Chromatography
Biomarkers in petroleum and natural systems.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Coursework preparation|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||15||0:30||7:30||Revision for semester 1 examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||15||1:00||15:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||Examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||4||8:00||32:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||1||4:00||4:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Fieldwork||1||8:00||8:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||102:00||102:00||Background Reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will impart knowledge on the key biogeochemical processes and the interpretation of the biomarkers that are used to identify these processes
Practicals will impart key skills for experimental design and analytical measurements that are essential for understanding this field.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||1||A||50||Unseen written exam|
|Practical/lab report||1||M||50||Data Interpretation|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Exam to test knowledge, learning and interpretation of understanding the role of biogeochemical processes in shaping the earth.
Lab report to assess practical skills, the application of knowledge and critical thinking by interpretation of the results for the practical classes.