CH2042 - Marine Chemistry and Chemical Ecology
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
An introductory subject on the principles of marine chemistry and marine chemical
ecology. Definition and history of marine chemistry and chemical ecology. Properties
and chemical composition of seawater. Major elements in seawater. Conservative and
non-conservative elements. Biogeochemical cycles. Horizontal and vertical distribution
of biolimiting elements. Determination of nutrients in seawater. Minor or trace elements
in seawater, sediments and marine organisms. Bioaccumulation and biomagnification
of trace elements in marine organisms. Trace element speciation and toxicity. Carbonate
equilibria in the sea. Ecological role of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) compounds
in seawater. Chemical communication conveyed by DOC, allochemical effects. Invertebrate-toxic
host relationships, symbiosis and mutualism, coral spawning chemistry. Fatty acids,
steroids, terpenes, nitrogenous compounds, fish and shellfish toxins. Potential applications
of marine biotechnology-ectocrines and filter feeders, mollusk chemistry, tunichromes,
metal ion sequestering and pharmacological activity.
- to introduce the study of marine pollution;
- to understand ecology in terms of chemical interactions;
- to understand the basic principles of marine chemistry.
|CH1002 or CH1012 recommended in addition to CH1001 or CH1011
||(CH1001 OR CH1011)
Study Period 1
|Census Date 28-Mar-2019
||Dr Mark Robertson
||Dr Mark Robertson, Dr Yang Liu, Assoc. Professor Bruce Bowden.
The student workload for this
credit point subject is approximately
- 39 hours on-campus > Lectures
- 15 hours on-campus > Practicals - 3 x 5 h
- 10 hours fieldwork
- assessment and self-directed study
||end of semester exam (50% - 60%); other exams (10% - 20%); assignments (10%); practical performance and reports (30%).
An enrolment quota applies to this offering.
Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process,
and in case
of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest