School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Marine and Freshwater Processes
  • Unit Code

    SCM2110
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    A/Prof Mark Andrew LUND

Description

This unit examines the natural processes occurring in marine, coastal and inland aquatic environments and the significance of these processes for managing these systems. In particular, the unit explores both the effects of these processes on aquatic ecosystems and how they may enhance or reduce the impact of human activities in aquatic systems.

Prerequisite Rule

(Students must pass 1 units from SCI1185 AND Students must pass 1 units from SCC1111, SCC1123)

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded SCM2202

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the impacts of humans on aquatic environments.
  2. Describe the physical and chemical properties of water.
  3. Design and undertake field assessments of water quality and hydrological parameters.
  4. Develop conceptual models of the biogeochemical cycles for water, phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon, sulphate, iron and silica for specific aquatic ecosystems.
  5. Evaluate and describe the major interrelationships between physical, chemical and biotic processes within aquatic environments.
  6. Understand the relationships between geomorphology of land-based water bodies, the coastal zone and the open ocean and biological aquatic processes.

Unit Content

  1. Chemical controls of aquatic environments: nutrient cycles (N, C, P), cycles of sulphate, iron and silica. Brief introduction to the impacts of human activities on these cycles.
  2. Hydrological cycle, providing a brief overview of the type of aquatic environments found from source to sea.
  3. Light environment: colour, light penetration. Distribution of heat: stratification (including salinity), mixing.
  4. Physical and chemical properties of water: molecular structure, specific heat, density, viscosity, surface tension, diffusion, pH, conductivity, ionic composition, redox, dissolved oxygen.
  5. Physical controls of aquatic ecosystems: hyrodynamics (waves, tides, currents, flow), erosional and depositional processes, sediment types.
  6. Production: primary and secondary, microbial loop, trophic status.
  7. Techniques for water quality and biological monitoring in a range of aquatic environments, including sampling and analytical problems and limitations.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, laboratory work, field work.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
ExaminationEnd of semester examination50%
Laboratory WorkLaboratory/field work30%
EssayAssignment20%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Science

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Marine and Freshwater Processes
  • Unit Code

    SCM2110
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    A/Prof Mark Andrew LUND

Description

This unit examines the natural processes occurring in marine, coastal and inland aquatic environments and the significance of these processes for managing these systems. In particular, the unit explores both the effects of these processes on aquatic ecosystems and how they may enhance or reduce the impact of human activities in aquatic systems.

Prerequisite Rule

(Students must pass 1 units from SCI1185 AND Students must pass 1 units from SCC1111, SCC1123)

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded SCM2202

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the impacts of humans on aquatic environments.
  2. Describe the physical and chemical properties of water.
  3. Design and undertake field assessments of water quality and hydrological parameters.
  4. Develop conceptual models of the biogeochemical cycles for water, phosphorus, nitrogen and carbon, sulphate, iron and silica for specific aquatic ecosystems.
  5. Evaluate and describe the major interrelationships between physical, chemical and biotic processes within aquatic environments.
  6. Understand the relationships between geomorphology of land-based water bodies, the coastal zone and the open ocean and biological aquatic processes.

Unit Content

  1. Chemical controls of aquatic environments: nutrient cycles (N, C, P), cycles of sulphate, iron and silica. Brief introduction to the impacts of human activities on these cycles.
  2. Hydrological cycle, providing a brief overview of the type of aquatic environments found from source to sea.
  3. Light environment: colour, light penetration. Distribution of heat: stratification (including salinity), mixing.
  4. Physical and chemical properties of water: molecular structure, specific heat, density, viscosity, surface tension, diffusion, pH, conductivity, ionic composition, redox, dissolved oxygen.
  5. Physical controls of aquatic ecosystems: hyrodynamics (waves, tides, currents, flow), erosional and depositional processes, sediment types.
  6. Production: primary and secondary, microbial loop, trophic status.
  7. Techniques for water quality and biological monitoring in a range of aquatic environments, including sampling and analytical problems and limitations.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Lectures, laboratory work, field work.

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
ExaminationEnd of semester examination50%
Laboratory WorkLaboratory/field work30%
EssayAssignment20%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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