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EESC2160 – Climate and Oceans

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convenor
Scott Wilson
Room 438, 12 Wally's Walk
Neil Saintilan
Neil Saintilan
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
(ENVE117 or ENVS117 or ENVS1017 or GEOS117 or GEOS112 or GEOS1110 or GEOS126 or EESC1160) or 10cp in PHYS units at 1000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

The Earth’s climate and oceans are intimately linked and are fundamental to life on this planet. This unit explores the climate system and the role that oceans play in regulating climate. The unit examines climate and ocean interactions and processes on a range of spatial scales (local to global) and time scales (daily to decadal and millennial). The unit includes a field trip that introduces students to evidence of climate drivers and responses in marine and coastal habitats such as sea-level rise impacts and adaptation.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental links between the climate and oceans to interpret climate-ocean interactions and processes.
  • ULO2: Apply data collected from measuring and modelling climate-ocean interactions to understand mechanisms of climate and ocean variability.
  • ULO3: Demonstrate effective individual and team work skills in climate-ocean science to understand and solve real-world environmental problems in both the field and laboratory.
  • ULO4: Draw on and synthesise appropriate sources of information to communicate ideas about climate drivers and responses in marine and coastal habitats.

General Assessment Information

Assessment Criteria

Assessment at Macquarie University is standards-based, as outlined in the Assessment Policy. This means that your work will be assessed against clear criteria, and these criteria (e.g. in a rubric) will be made available when the assessment tasks are released to you on iLearn. 

Submission of Assessments

All assessments must be submitted online through Turnitin unless otherwise indicated. Links for the submission of each assessment will be available on iLearn. 

You should always check that you have uploaded the correct file. If you have a problem, please email the Unit Convenor with your correct file. You must also keep a copy of your assessments until the end of semester in case there is a problem with your submission. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can provide a copy of your assessment if requested.

Marking of Assessments

Assignments will usually be marked through Turnitin with grades provided through Gradebook on iLearn. Please do not submit your assessments via email or in hard copy unless requested (e.g. a sketch or drawing). 

We aim to return your assessment grades and feedback within two to three weeks of the date that you submitted it. We appreciate your patience and will advise you through iLearn when your marked assessments and feedback are available for viewing.

Penalties for Late Assessments

The penalty for late submission of assessments in this unit is ten percent (10 %) of the assessment value per day, calculated from the due time and date. This means that if the assignment is worth a total of 30 marks (or 30 % of the unit) you will lose 3 marks for each day it is late. This is a hefty penalty designed to make you aware of the importance of organising yourself around assessment due dates. The penalty will be applied over weekdays and weekends unless you have been granted an extension prior to the due date.

Extensions for Assessments

To obtain an extension for an assessment task, you will need to follow the formal process as outlined in the Special Consideration Policy, and you must provide appropriate supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate - see advice for Special Consideration requests). The final decision regarding the granting of an extension lies with the unit convenor. Permission for extensions must be sought before the due date unless there are exceptional circumstances. Please let us know of problems in advance or as soon as possible, not after the event. We are likely to be much more sympathetic and able to accommodate your circumstance if you follow this advice.

 

 

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Quizzes 30% No 10th September & 28th October 2021
Practical report 20% No Between 7th August - 3rd September 2021
Fieldtrip report and presentation 50% No 15th October (report) and 21st October (presentation)

Quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 18 hours
Due: 10th September & 28th October 2021
Weighting: 30%

 

Assessment 1 involves two multiple-choice quizzes, each worth 15% of the final grade. Content can be from the lectures, practicals, fieldwork or assigned readings.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental links between the climate and oceans to interpret climate-ocean interactions and processes.
  • Apply data collected from measuring and modelling climate-ocean interactions to understand mechanisms of climate and ocean variability.

Practical report

Assessment Type 1: Lab report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Between 7th August - 3rd September 2021
Weighting: 20%

 

Assessment 2 is a practical report worth 20% of the final grade. The report will include experimental data introduced during practicals that is presented with appropriate graphical representation and statistical analysis, and a conclusion drawing correct associations and inferences from the data. During this assessment task students will develop skills to apply to the fieldtrip report.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate effective individual and team work skills in climate-ocean science to understand and solve real-world environmental problems in both the field and laboratory.
  • Draw on and synthesise appropriate sources of information to communicate ideas about climate drivers and responses in marine and coastal habitats.

Fieldtrip report and presentation

Assessment Type 1: Field work task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 30 hours
Due: 15th October (report) and 21st October (presentation)
Weighting: 50%

 

Assessment 3 is a fieldtrip report and presentation based on a 2-day local fieldtrip, worth 50% of the final grade. The content of the report will include an Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. This will be translated to a non-scientific audience in group presentations.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental links between the climate and oceans to interpret climate-ocean interactions and processes.
  • Apply data collected from measuring and modelling climate-ocean interactions to understand mechanisms of climate and ocean variability.
  • Demonstrate effective individual and team work skills in climate-ocean science to understand and solve real-world environmental problems in both the field and laboratory.
  • Draw on and synthesise appropriate sources of information to communicate ideas about climate drivers and responses in marine and coastal habitats.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Unit iLearn

This unit has an iLearn page that can be accessed through ilearn.mq.edu.au. It contains important information and other materials relating to the unit, including details and links for assessments.

Communication

The unit iLearn is the primary way that we communicate with you. Please check it regularly for announcements and posts. You are encouraged to use the Discussion Board on iLearn to post questions and generate discussion with other students. Please only email the convenor with private matters – all other questions should be posted on iLearn.

Unit Organisation 

This unit is delivered in two modules and weekly topics. A one day field trip is also scheduled for this unit outside of normal class time. The organisation of these is outlined in a detailed unit schedule which is available on iLearn.

Classes

The class timetable for this unit can be found through the Timetable portal. You should also check the unit schedule as some weeks may have other instructions or locations.

Workload 

The expected workload for this 10-credit point unit is 150 hours of activity, comprising lecture attendance and review, practical class attendance and report completion, research towards the completion of the field trip report and presentation, attendance of the field day, and exam preparation. 

Requirements to complete this unit satisfactorily 

To complete this unit satisfactorily, you must:

1. Participate in all scheduled classes;

2. Complete all assessments including the final exam; and

3. Achieve a pass grade or higher.

The descriptions for grades common to all coursework units offered by Macquarie University are outlined in Schedule 1 of the Assessment Policy

 

Recommended Texts and/or Materials 

Readings will be provided each week on iLearn

 

Technology Used and Required

This unit will use iLearn and Echo360. See the Instructions on how to log in to iLearn and the iLearn quick guides for students which will help you:

  • Getting started - Find out how to navigate and familiarise yourself with the iLearn environment
  • Activities - Learn how to effectively complete the activities required of you in iLearn
  • Assignments and Gradebook - Find out how to submit assessments and view your grades using iLearn
  • Online study tips - Studying online is a unique experience, learn how to navigate it here
  • Discussion forums - Explore the different types, and features of discussion forums in iLearn
  • Lecture recordings - Find out how to access lectures online, as well as the features available to you

Unit Schedule

 

Week  

Date 

Lecturer 

Lecture Topic 

Practical Topic 

Assessment 

Module 1: Marine Climate Change 

1  

Thursday 29th July 

SW 

Introduction- coupled ocean atmosphere system in time 

No practical 

 

Thursday 6th August 

NS 

Palaeo Sea level and coastal morphodynamics  

Practical 1 East Australian sea level trend analysis 

Assessable Prac 

due Fri 7th August 

Thursday 13th August 

NS 

Extreme maritime storms 

Practical 2 

Vertical accretion 

of intertidal habitats 

Assessable Prac 

due Fri 14th August 

Thursday 20th August 

NS 

Marine climate and weather- 

ENSO and the IOD 

Practical 3 

Indigenous perspectives in 

coastal and marine 

management 

 

Thursday 27th August 

NS 

Blue Carbon 

Practical 4 Spatial analysis of habitat change 

Assessable Prac 

due Fri 28th August 

Module 2: Coastal processes and management 

Thursday 2nd September 

SW 

Shoreface and surf zone 

processes 

 

 

Practical 5 Beach 

monitoring data 

 

Assessable Prac 

due Fri 3rd September  

Thursday 9th September 

SW 

Estuarine processes 

 

Practical 6 Tidal current 

data analysis 

 

1st quiz (15%) Fri 10th September 

 

Study Break                                                                                                                                                  Excursion Sat                                                                                                                                                                                      11th & Sun 12th                                                                                                                                                                                     September 

Thursday 30th September 

SW 

Storm surge, coastal flooding 

and sea-level rise 

 

Practical 7 Storm surge and sea level rise 

 

Thursday 7th October  

SW 

Coastal Zone Management 

Practical 8 Managing the Coasts 

 

10 

Thursday 14th October 

SW 

Marine Pollution 

Practical 9 Pollution management 

Field Report due Fri 15th October (30%) 

11 

Thursday 21st October 

SW 

Field trip group presentations  

In class presentations (20%) 

12 

Thursday 28th  October 

SW 

Final Quiz 

2nd quiz (15%) Thu 28th October 

13 

                                                                   No Class 

 

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Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

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Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

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