Module Catalogues

Biogeochemistry and global change

Module Title Biogeochemistry and global change
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2021/22
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

This module introduces students to biogeochemistry and how biogeochemistry is key in understanding global change. Students will develop an understanding of how chemical and biological processes interact and combined structure ecosystems. Students will learn through theoretical and practical approaches how elements, such as carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycle at different temporal and spatial scales.

Learning outcomes

A demonstrate an understanding of Earth’s major biogeochemical pools, fluxes and cycling
B demonstrate knowledge how biogeochemical processes structure the chemical and biological environment
C understand the significance of human impacts on biogeochemical processes
D identify how biogeochemical processes vary in different environments
E interpret the temporal and spatial consequences of global changes

Method of teaching and learning

Weekly lecture sessions, supported by class notes and reading assignments. Lectures are supported by weekly tutorials to enhance the understanding of key concepts through discussions, literature reviews, practical activities and exercises overviews. In addition a field trip will demonstrate practical applications and natural variation in biogeochemical processes.
*Should the University decide to cancel or postpone the field trip due to unforeseen environmental and/or political circumstances, the Department will either plan an appropriate substitute activity to meet the intended learning outcomes of the trip or make necessary arrangements to organize the trip at a later time, as appropriate.