ENVT3307 Oceanography

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyMulti-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Coastal and Ocean Systems specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Marine Biology specialisation in the Marine Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit covers an introduction to the physics of the ocean; physical properties of sea water; global distribution of temperature and salinity; dynamics governing motion in the ocean; barotropic and baroclinic ocean circulation; heat and salt budgets; water mass formation; major ocean biogeochemical cycles; the dynamics of coastal primary to secondary biological production; and the interaction of ocean processes with benthic biological communities.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) develop an appreciation for the basic laws of physics that describe fluid motion in the ocean; (2) understand the major driving forces of ocean circulation; (3) understand how the ocean's physical processes influence its biological characteristics; and (4) analyse and interpret physical and biological oceanographic datasets in real world applications.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) assignments; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nicole L Jones and Professor Gary Kendrick
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
SCIE2204 Marine Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; laboratories: 2 hours per week from week 2
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