Viewing: MEA 763 : Isotope Geochemistry

Last approved: Sat, 03 Nov 2018 08:00:54 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 02 Nov 2018 14:47:26 GMT

Changes proposed by: ehyland
Change Type
Major
MEA (Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences)
763
015583
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Isotope Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry
College of Sciences
Marine Earth & Atmospheric Science (17MEA)
40.9999
Physical Sciences, Other.
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Alternate Odd Years
Spring 2019
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

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


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Ethan Hyland
Assistant Professor
Graduate Faculty

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture1515NoSingle section, anticipate enrollees from MEAS, possibly also from other COS departments, CNR, CALS, and CHASS
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote

Restriction: Graduate Standing or Permission of the Instructor
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This class offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the principles of isotope chemistry and its application to geological, atmospheric, and biological systems. Key topics include: isotope systematics; isotope measurements and analyses; common radiogenic (U, Ar, Pb, Sr, C, Be) and stable (H, O, C, N, S) isotope systems; applications to geochronology, paleobiology, paleoclimatology, environmental tracking, archeology, and more. This course is aimed at graduate students interested in using isotopes as a tool for examining the natural world.

Revised title: Title revision reflects shifted focus of the course, from a broad overview of geochemistry to a focus specifically on isotope systems and their use (previously an aspect of the course).


Revised term offering: Term offering revision reflects schedule of new instructor, and needs of the department to spread out graduate offerings.


Revised prerequisites: Eliminates specific requirements, limits the course to graduate students.


Revised catalog description: Reflects the refocusing of the course material to isotope systems. Provides a more thorough description of topics covered and goals for students.


No

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This class offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the principles of isotope chemistry and its application to geological, atmospheric, and biological systems. Key topics include: isotope systematics; isotope measurements and analyses; common radiogenic (U, Ar, Pb, Sr, C, Be) and stable (H, O, C, N, S) isotope systems; applications to geochronology, paleobiology, paleoclimatology, environmental tracking, archaeology, and more. This course is aimed at graduate students interested in using isotopes as a tool for examining the natural world. 


Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to explain isotope formation and controls on abundances in natural systems.


2. Students will be able to calculate and graphically represent isotope ratios from provided abundance data.


3. Students will be able to use isotope mixing models to visualize large scale biogeochemical systems.


4. Students will be able to describe a specific isotope system, including description of controls/fractionations, common measurement techniques/materials, and common applications to Earth systems questions.


5. Students will be able to create descriptive/labeled diagrams of mass spectrometer parts and/or isotope analysis equipment.


6. Students will be able to demonstrate maintenance/operational procedures for a functioning isotope-ratio mass spectrometer.


7. Students will be able to prepare samples and produce an isotope dataset, using provided geological materials.


8. Students will be able to describe patterns in measured isotope datasets and explain causal interpretations, including discussion of limitations or quality-control issues.


9. Students will be able to discuss/debate the implications and limitations of an isotope application/study in a published paper.


10. Students will be able to select an appropriate isotope methodology and sampling material to address a given research question.


11. As a group, students will be able to develop an NSF-style research proposal using an isotope system to answer a fundamental research question.


12. Using NSF review criteria, students will be able to evaluate research proposals of a peer group and provide written feedback about potential areas for improvement or implications of the proposal.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Multiple exams35%Three exams (1. radiogenic isotopes; 2. stable isotopes; 3. isotope applications)
Major Paper20%Research proposal on isotope applications
Participation10%Participation in class discussions, answering questions in lecture materials, etc.
Homework35%11 homework exercises, lowest grade dropped
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Isotope systems and measurements2 weeks2 homework assignments, lab tour and equipment viewing
Geochronometry and mixing/sources2 weeks2 homework assignments, in class discussion
Radioisotope systems3 weeksExam, 3 homework assignments, in class discussion
Stable isotope systems5 weeksExam, 4 homework assignments, 2 in class discussions, preparation for Research Project
Other systems and applications3 weeksExam, 2 in class discussions, Research Project, experiments in isotope lab
mlnosbis 9/24/2018:
1) Note- this has been through the COS graduate studies committee and was approved, which indicates that Chemistry is aware of the course. No further consultation needed.
2) Student Learning Outcomes need to be in list format. See Learning Outcomes Guidelines attached under Additional Documentation.

cohen (9/24/2018):
1. Under Course Policies (#3 and #4) and elsewhere in the syllabus (for example, under Late Assignments), students may have unforeseen emergencies and would be unable to make arrangements before hand. I would suggest noting that such situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
2. This is a 700-level course and may not be taken for credit only. Please note that on the syllabus.

ABGS Reviewer Comments 10/10/2018:
-The grading indicates 11 homework assignments with the lowest one dropped. The topical outline shows 10 homework assignments.
mlnosbis (Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:17:08 GMT): Rollback: This is not a minor action. This is a major action because of the shift in focus and content of the course. Please select "major" as the action type and complete all required fields.
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