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Geochemistry in the Field and Laboratory

This course deals with modern methods used for geochemical investigations in the geosciences.

You will learn about different methods for sampling and chemical analysis of gases, water, sediment, soil, and rocks. The course puts emphasis on the quantitative analysis of natural samples using field- and laboratory-based methods. We will cover nutrient, redox, and pH chemistry of aquatic environments, and the analysis of gases in the atmosphere, soil, and sediment. We will also conduct molecular organic chemical analyses of soils and sediments. The course consists of lectures, theoretical exercises, laboratory exercises, and fieldwork.

Course period Spring 2022: May 2–June 3 (incorrect study period in the right column).

  • Course structure

    Assessment

    Knowledge assessment and examination are in the form of written examinations.

    Grades will be set according to a seven-point scale related to the learning objectives of the course:
    A = Excellent
    B = Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Adequate
    Fx = Fail, some additional work required
    F = Fail, much additional work required

    The grading criteria will be distributed at the beginning of the course.

    In order to pass the course, students must receive the minimum passing grade E on all course units and participate in all mandatory instruction.

    Students who receive a failing grade on a regular examination are allowed to retake the examination as long as the course is still provided. The number of examination opportunities is not limited. Other mandatory course elements are equated with examinations. A student who has received a passing grade on an examination may not retake the examination to attain a higher grade. A student who has failed the same examination twice is entitled to have another examiner appointed, unless there are special reasons to the contrary. Such requests should be made to the department board. The course has at least two examination sessions per academic year the year of tuition given. Intermediate years are given at least one examination.

    There is no facility to improve the grade Fx to a pass grade in this course.

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course reports

    Course evaluations allow the possibility to affect and take responsibility for your own learning and gives important information for our work with pedagogical development.

    It's important that all students complete the course evaluations after each course, it gives the Department the opportunity to improve the courses' quality.

    The course evaluation is composed of a number of questions and specific questions for each course. If you, as a student, want to contribute with more course specific questions you may send them to studies@geo.su.se.

    If you haven't received the course evaluation for your finished course, or if you have other questions regarding course evaluations at IGV please contact studies@geo.su.se.

    Course evaluation = student's review of the course
    Course report = course leader's reflections about the review

  • Contact

    Volker BrüchertSenior lecturer, Biogeochemistry
    Volker Brüchert
    volker.bruchert@geo.su.se
    +46 (0)8 16 47 55 | Room: R307