In Class Peer Review  Course Outline  --  Fall 2017
Lecture # Day Date Topic Chapter Term Project Instr Homeworks Away Other
Part I:  Processes and Reactions
1 Tu 22-Aug Course Introduction.  Discuss homework and term paper.                                                        Tree of life.  Metabolic pathways.  Calculation of energy yields. 1, 2   KCR, FS Assign 1st mini-essay   CHRIS away            
2 Th 24-Aug Atmospheric deposition, atmospheric models 3   CM        
3 Tu 29-Aug Rock weathering and soil development 4   KCR 1st mini-essay due   BRIAN away 9/7 - 9/8: UH & Tokyo Symposium  
4 Th 31-Aug Photosynthesis and net primary production 5   CM Return graded 1st mini-essay; Assign 2nd mini-essay; Grading Template     9/25 - 9/29: NSF OOI-Facilities Board  
5 Tu 5-Sep Net primary production and global change 5   CM       10/10 - 10/13: NSF IODP Axial Seamount Workshop
6 Th 7-Sep Nutrient cycling in land plants 6   FS 2nd mini-essay due; Assign peer reviewers   KCR assign PRs   10/22 - 10/27: Schmidt Family Foundation annual meeting
7 Tu 12-Sep Discussion of Peer Reviewed mini-essays; Assign Extended Essay Topics; Review of Rubrics; Library research methods - Review of Electronic Library Research Methods KCR, FS 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 14-Sep Nutrient cycling in land vegetation and soils 6   FS     FRANK away sometime between Sept. 22 - Oct. 11    
9 Tu 19-Sep Cycling and biogeochemical transformations of N, P and S 6   FS 1st draft Extended Essay due; Assign peer reviewers   KCR assign PRs                
10 Th 21-Sep Ecosystem mass balances and models of terrestrial nutrient cycling 6   FS    
11 Tu 26-Sep Peer review of extended essays in class -

Discuss Term Paper Topic mini-presentation & Outline Rubric

KCR Discuss peer review of  essay drafts in class; Draft revision plans in class      # Lectures #non-lecture Classes Total # Classes
12 Th 28-Sep Lakes, primary production, budgets and cycling 8   KCR     KCR 9 6 15
13 Tu 3-Oct Wetlands, and biogeochemical redox reactions in aquatic systems 7   BG Final draft Extended Essay due   FS 5 4 9
14 Th 5-Oct Wetlands, and biogeochemical redox reactions in aquatic systems 7     CM 5 3 8
15 Tu 10-Oct MID-TERM EXAM - ***Term Paper Topic Due at the Beginning of Class*** KCR Return Graded Extended Essay   BG 7 3 10
16 Th 12-Oct River transport and chemistry 8 ***Term Paper Topic mini-presentation ***                       (2 minute, 1 to 3 slide summary) KCR    
17 Tu 17-Oct Estuarine and coastal ocean environments 8   BG     Past Years:      
18 Th 19-Oct Oceanic composition, circulation 9 *** Outline Due; Assign Peer Reviewers *** KCR        
19 Tu 24-Oct Oceanic production, carbon regeneration, nutrient cycling in the ocean - Part I (plus Peer Review Discussions) 9 ***Peer reviews due; Discuss Outline Peer Reviews in class; Draft revision plans in class *** KCR     CM The Global Water Cycle  
20 Th 26-Oct Oceanic production, carbon regeneration, nutrient cycling in the ocean - Part II 9   KCR     CM The Global Carbon cycle - I & II  
21 Tu 31-Oct Oceanic production, carbon regeneration, nutrient cycling in the ocean - Part III 9 *** Final Outline Due *** KCR     KCR The Global Phosphorus cycle  
22 Th 2-Nov Hydrothermal vents 9 BG     KCR The Global N Cycle; C, N, P Linkages
23 Tu 7-Nov Oceanic sedimentary records 9 *** Outline Returned *** BG    
Part II:  Global Cycles
24 Th 9-Nov The Global Water, Sulfur and Mercury cycles 10, 13   BG    
25 Tu 14-Nov The Global Carbon cycle - I 11   CM    
26 Th 16-Nov The Global Carbon cycle - II 11   CM    
27 Tu 21-Nov The Global Phosphorus and Nitrogen cycles 12 *** First Draft and Revised Outline Due *** KCR    
28 Th 23-Nov HOLIDAY: Thanksgiving (no class)          
29 Tu 28-Nov Student Presentations-I - *** First Drafts Returned*** BG     Student Talks:
Student Presentations - # talks min/talk min/  discussion Total time/student (min) Total class time, all students
30 Th 30-Nov Student Presentations-II   *** Meet with Prof to Discuss Edits & Revision Plan (OUTSIDE CLASS TIME:  optional)*** (ALL)     5 10 5 15 75
31 Tu 5-Dec Student Presentations-III     (ALL)     5 10 5 15 75
32 Th 7-Dec Student Presentations-IV,  course evaluations   *** Final Draft Due *** (ALL)     4 10 5 15 60
Tu 12-Dec FINAL EXAM:   12:00 - 2:00 KCR
Class:  Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00 - 1:15 pm, MSB 307
Instructors:   Kathleen Ruttenberg, Frank Sansone, Chris Measures, Brian Glazer Office Hours:  by appointment
Course Coordinator:   Kathleen Ruttenberg, MSB 222, x69371,
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.