MST3203 : Advanced Marine Research Topics 3 (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


An advanced, current research-based module for students with interests in postgraduate studies in Marine Biogeochemistry and Physical Oceanography. Provides insights into various topics at the forefront of contemporary research based on the expertise of the contributors. Overall goal is to illustrate modern, multidisciplinary research across a wide range of contemporary marine science issues.

Outline Of Syllabus

3 x 8 hour lecture blocks based on current themes in Marine Science linked to academic staff research interests. Content will be drawn from themes such as:

Oceanographic modelling
Sea Surface Microlayer
Atmosphere-Ocean Gas Exchange
Global Sea levels and circulation
Sea-Ice Dynamics
Estuarine Biogeochemistry

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion31:003:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion242:0048:00Examination revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00Scheduled lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading242:0048:00Lecture follow-up: recap
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study177:0077:00Wider background reading
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 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. 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A1003 x Exams
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examinations will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the module, including student reading. The written examination will be divided into three parts and will include questions to assess the breadth of knowledge acquired throughout the module.

Reading Lists