Marine Geology reviews key concepts of marine geology, as needed by marine biologists to understand the geomorphic setting they are working in and to provide a general-knowledge background. Since it is graduate-level, students are required to enhance frontal classroom teaching by the instructor through research papers and their presentation on specialized subjects directly related to the taught material. Course material reviews planetary evolution, types of sediments and rocks, the reason for the existence of oceans and continents and the spatio-temporal dynamics of marine sedimentary and igneous processes. Numerous case-studies are used to illustrate concepts such a plate tectonics via island formation, and sedimentology via discussion of attractive sedimentary systems, such as coral reefs. Students will have a broad understanding of geological ocean dynamics and will be literate in present issues in the Earth Sciences. Furthermore, since quantitative data analysis is a key skill required on the job-market, students will be introduced to the freeware statistical software R and will be exposed to the analysis of realistic geological datasets.
At the conclusion of the course, students will have had an easy introduction to the relevant topics in today’s marine geology. Students will not have heard any specialist, or even very detailed, technical information. But students will be able to comprehend the broad issues, will be able to understand the use of mathematics and statistics to quantify a scientific statement and will be able to use statistical software to express equations found in the instructional texts. Specialization can, if students choose this as their field of study, then occur in elective courses, Directed Independent Study, and the student’s thesis work. At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:
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