This study guide is designed to aid the student in mastering the information presented in the accompanying text, “An Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry”. The questions and problems in this guide are designed to help students be active learners. These materials are presented by chapter with a separate answer key.
Students should be able to answer the study guide questions after a first reading of the chapter. These questions are designed to focus attention on the overarching principles in each chapter and prepare students to participate in classroom discussions. Student should complete them by writing two to three sentence essays.
Three types of problems are included herein. The first are short and specific to individual chapters. They are designed to be completed in 15 to 20 minutes, making them amenable to use in the classroom. The short problems are meant to prepare students to undertake longer ones which integrate concepts covered in several consecutive chapters. The other two types of problems are longer and generally involve calculations based on data sets available in the peer-reviewed literature. The longest are designed to as homework or laboratory exercises. They typically require 1 to 2 hours to complete. For these, students will hopefully prefer to use a spreadsheet program for graphing or repetitive calculations. Once students have completed these problems, their learning can be assessed with the third type of problem, which is designed for exam and test use. These problems are of intermediate length and do not require the use of a spreadsheet program. They are intermediate in length and combine topics covered in several consecutive chapters.
Also included in this study guide are lists of chemistry and math topics and skills that students should have mastery of as a prerequisite to learning from the text. Some review materials can be found in Appendices 2, 3 and 4 in the text.