In Class Peer Review  Course Outline  --  Fall 2016 Updated 11/21/2016
Lecture # Day Date Topic Chapter Term Project Instr Homeworks
Part I:  Processes and Reactions
1 Tu 23-Aug Course Introduction.  Discuss homework and term paper.  Tree of life.  Metabolic pathways.  Calculation of energy yields. 1, 2 BG Assign 1st mini-essay
2 Th 25-Aug Atmospheric deposition, atmospheric models 3 CM
3 Tu 30-Aug Rock weathering and soil development 4 KCR 1st mini-essay due
4 Th 1-Sep Photosynthesis and net primary production 5 CM Return graded 1st mini-essay; Assign 2nd mini-essay
5 Tu 6-Sep Net primary production and global change 5 CM
6 Th 8-Sep Nutrient cycling in land plants 6 FS 2nd mini-essay due; Assign peer reviewers
7 Tu 13-Sep Discussion of Peer Reviewed mini-essays; Assign Extended Essay Topics; Review of Rubrics; Library research methods - Review of Electronic Library Research Methods BG Peer reviews due;                                                Discuss Peer review of 2nd mini-essay in class;                                                        Assign Extended Essay Topics  to students; BRIEF review of rubrics for Extended Essay
8 Th 15-Sep Nutrient cycling in land vegetation and soils 6 FS
9 Tu 20-Sep Cycling and biogeochemical transformations of N, P and S 6 FS 1st draft Extended Essay due; Assign peer reviewers
10 Th 22-Sep Ecosystem mass balances and models of terrestrial nutrient cycling 6 FS
11 Tu 27-Sep Peer review of extended essays in class - Discuss Term Paper Topic mini-presentation                        & Outline Rubric BG Discuss peer review of  essay drafts in class; Draft revision plans in class 
12 Th 29-Sep Wetlands, and biogeochemical redox reactions in aquatic systems 7 BG
13 Tu 4-Oct Wetlands, and biogeochemical redox reactions in aquatic systems 7 BG Final draft Extended Essay due
14 Th 6-Oct Lakes, primary production, budgets and cycling 8 KCR
15 Tu 11-Oct MID-TERM EXAM - ***Term Paper Topic Due beginning of class BG Return Graded Extended Essay
16 Th 13-Oct River transport and chemistry 8 ***Term Paper Topic mini-presentation ***                       (2 minute, 1 to 3 slide summary) BG
17 Tu 18-Oct Estuarine and coastal ocean environments 8 BG
18 Th 20-Oct Oceanic composition, circulation 9 *** Outline Due; Assign Peer Reviewers *** KCR
19 Tu 25-Oct Oceanic production, carbon regeneration, nutrient cycling in the ocean - Part I 9 KCR
20 Th 27-Oct Oceanic production, carbon regeneration, nutrient cycling in the ocean - Part II 9 KCR
21 Tu 1-Nov Peer Review Discussions 9 ***Peer reviews due; Discuss Outline Peer Reviews in class; Draft revision plans in class *** BG
22 Th 3-Nov Hydrothermal vents 9 BG
23 Tu 8-Nov HOLIDAY - Election Day (no class)
Part II:  Global Cycles
24 Th 10-Nov Oceanic sedimentary records 9 *** Final Outline Due *** BG
15-Nov The Global Carbon cycle - I 11 *** Outline Returned *** CM
17-Nov The Global Carbon cycle - II 11 CM
25 Tu 22-Nov The Global Phosphorus and Nitrogen cycles 12 KCR
WED 23-Nov No class meeting,  First Drafts due to BTG by end of day*** *** First Draft  Due ***
26 Th 24-Nov HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving (no class)
27 Tu 29-Nov Student Presentations-I 13 BG
Student Presentations -
28 Th 1-Dec Student Presentations-II (ALL)
29 Tu 6-Dec Student Presentations-III (ALL)
30 Th 8-Dec Student Presentations-IV,  course evaluations *** Final Draft Due *** (ALL)
Class:  Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 1:15 pm, MSB 307
Instructors:   Brian Glazer, Chris Measures, Kathleen Ruttenberg, Frank Sansone  Office Hours:  1:30-2:30 after lectures
Course Coordinator:   Brian Glazer, MSB 226, x66658,
Required Text:  Biogeochemistry: An Analysis of Global Change, (3rd Edition) by W. H. Schelsinger and Emily S. Bernhardt
Final grade  =  Mid-term exam (25%);  final exam (25%);  class project (term paper, oral presentation) (30%); homework assignments and class participation (20%)
OCN 401 - Student Learning Outcomes:  Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:
1)  Explain the underlying principles of biogeochemical cycling in aquatic and terrestrial systems.
2)  Identify the major global pathways of bioactive elements, and the ways human activities affect these pathways.
3)  Use written and oral communication to clearly explain biogeochemical phenomena and related contemporary research.
4)  Achieve facility using electronic resources (e.g. on-line journals, electronic searches for science references) to develop a bibliography for a research area.