Viewing: MEA 323 : Geochemistry of Natural Waters

Last approved: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 08:00:11 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 19:46:12 GMT

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Change Type
Major
MEA (Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences)
323
003316
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Geochemistry of Natural Waters
Geochem Natural Waters
College of Sciences
Marine Earth & Atmospheric Science (17MEA)
40.9999
Physical Sciences, Other.
Term Offering
Fall and Spring
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)


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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Christopher Osburn
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2020NoSize is optimized for flipped classroom and involving logistics of moving students from lab to field and back to classroom.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: (CH 201 or CH 203) and (CE 373 or any MEA course)

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
14ENEBSEnvironmental EngineeringRequired
17MARSCBSMarine SciencesRequired
17NATREBS-17NATREMCNatural Resources: Marine and Coastal ResourcesElective
17GEOLBSGeologyElective
Biogeochemical processes related to water in the natural environment. Course focuses on chemical equilbria and kinetics of: precipitation and dissolution, acid-base chemistry and the carbonate system, oxidation-reduction chemistry, and organic geochemistry in lakes, rivers, estuaries, and oceans. Topics revolve around water quality and global change. Course includes in class field sampling and lab work as well as a mandatory Saturday field trip.

Topics diverge from prior version which I did not establish. The course has evolved to meet the needs of two different degree programs: Marine Science and Environmental Engineering. Also, MEA 323 is an elective for our geology and natural resource majors. In order to better meet the needs of these students, I have revised the course by flipping it and providing hands-on experiences leading up to the Saturday field trip in late October (Fall offering) and late March (Spring offering). All interested students taking this course benefit from the context of water quality that I use to communicate aqueous geochemistry concepts. The newer format requires a smaller section of students, so the course is now offered in both Spring and Fall to prevent the loss of seats.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
No
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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of EngineeringTarekAziz, Mort BarlazCCEE is supportive of the revisions and has no comments or concerns.
No new resources are required for this course. In 2017 I began offering the course in both Fall and Spring terms. MEAS is currently providing a 0.25 FTE TA for this course to assist with the hands-on components in class and during field sampling.

MEA 323 is a beginner’s course in biogeochemistry. To tackle such a large and diverse subject, we will narrow our focus to environmental geochemistry of aquatic systems, principally lakes, rivers, and estuaries (a focus of my research). To make sense out of the chemistry of natural waters, we will use water quality of lakes, rivers, and estuaries as a common organizing theme.


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:


1. Explain geochemical cycles and compute fluxes and yields of major chemical constituents between reservoirs.


2. Use basic principles of chemical thermodynamics to evaluate the solubility of different rock-forming minerals and atmospheric gases in aqueous solution.


3. Apply basic principles of chemical thermodynamics principles to determine the pH of natural waters.


4. Explain the linkage between biogeochemical cycling of organic matter and redox zonation in natural waters.


5. Define classes of organic matter in natural waters and distinguish between terrestrial and planktonic sources of organic matter.


6. Interpret water quality measurements to explain the basic chemical reasons that photosynthesis and respiration exert a control on dissolved gases, pH, and redox conditions in natural waters.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Multiple exams200Two mid-term exams. Cumulative
Final Exam100Cumulative
Quizzes80Approximately weekly; mix of multiple choice, short answer related to concepts in the course; some minute papers
Other20Participation in Saturday field trip
Homework100Problem sets that reinforce chemical principles and problem solving

cjthomas (Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:05:40 GMT): Rollback: Instructor request.
aeherget (Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:07:46 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated version provided by initiator via email 8/14/2018.
aeherget (Thu, 30 Aug 2018 19:46:12 GMT): AECHH: uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 8/30/2018 based on friendly suggestions from the Aug. 29, 2018 UCCCC meeting.
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