MST2208 : Oceans and Climate II (Inactive)

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 to provide insights to selected key contemporary issues in modern marine science that complement the expertise of the module team. The strong emphasis on current research will prepare students for their progression to more advanced study at Stage 3.

Outline Of Syllabus

24 1 hour lectures (plus one 1 hour revision session) 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00Revision for examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1113:00113:00Wider background reading
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading242:0048:00Lecture follow up: ReCap
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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.

Directed reading will support the information received through formal lectures by guided independent study using key papers from primary literature, but also primary sources that they will be encouraged to read and assess critically. Students 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 written examination. They 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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100N/A
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 three questions from each of the three topics, and students have to answer one question per topic.

Reading Lists