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Last approved: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:00:10 GMT

Last edit: Tue, 09 Oct 2018 12:31:34 GMT

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MEA (Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences)
553
015379
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Estuarine Biogeochemistry
Estuarine Biogeochemistry
College of Sciences
Marine Earth & Atmospheric Science (17MEA)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Alternate Even Years
Spring 2019
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
3
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
MEA 591Fall 20127
MEA 591Fall 20145
MEA 591Spring 20167
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Christopher L Osburn
Associate Professor
Graduate Faculty

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1515NoThe past 3 offerings as a special topics course had enrollments under 10.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
04WRWater ResourcesElective
Biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus in coastal rivers and estuaries with selected topics on the origin, physics, and chemistry of estuarine waters and sediments. Emphasis is placed on organic matter and nutrient cycling in estuaries within the context of anthropogenic effects and climate change.

Chemical oceanography MEA 573 does not cover nutrients and organic matter nor does it cover the river-estuary continuum. MEA 760 is on global biogeochemical cycles.


No

Is this a GEP Course?
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
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Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

Course will constitute part of my 40% SME in teaching alternating with MEA 759 Organic Geochemistry in even/odd years.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Apply the basic principles of biogeochemistry to coastal river and estuary ecosystems.


2. Analyze the geomorphological similarities and differences between estuary types.


3. Analyze temperature and salinity profiles to determine estuarine mixing state.


4. Apply concepts of thermodynamics to physical and chemical observations from estuaries.


5. Summarize and critique key peer-reviewed literature in oral presentations.


6. Analyze physical and chemical data from estuaries to determine gas solubility, carbonate speciation, and organic matter quality.


7. Develop skills in water column sampling and collection of in situ observations during class field trip.


8. Develop oral presentation skills by presenting results of field trip observations and analyses during end of semester class presentations.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Midterm100Covers material from first half of course
Other50Discussion of assigned papers or present "State of the Neuse" (SON) report. (See syllabus)
Participation5010 quizzes or minute papers each worth 5 pts will be given randomly throughout the semester covering current material.
Oral Presentation50Oral presentation of field trip results
Final Exam100Comprehensive final exam
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabusSee syllabusSee syllabus
It is not anticipated that MEA 453 will be offered in the near term; however advanced MEA undergraduate students may enroll in MEA 553 with permission of instructor.

mlnosbis 8/15/2018:
1) Effective date must be a future semester.
2) No overlapping courses, so no consultation is needed.

cohen (8/15/2018):
1. This course may not be taken as an S/U graded course. It would be good to put a remark in the Credit-Only section of the syllabus.
2. What happens if the student is in the hospital, or has another legitimate excuse, and must miss more than one class? Will the student be dropped from the course or be given an F or...? Or are there extenuating circumstances that might be approved by the instructor? (If so, please add a comment in that section.)
3. I suspect that TH in the course outline and meeting times sections in the syllabus refers to Tuesday and Thursday. To help eliminate confusion for the students, I would suggest using TuTh rather than TH.

ABGS Reviewer Comments 8/27/2018:
-No concerns
cjthomas (Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:20:41 GMT): Rollback: No longer dual level course
closburn (Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:20:03 GMT): All requested changes have been made and comments addressed in the revised syllabus.
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