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Unit Overview


This unit covers the physical oceanography of coastal and offshore regions. It includes ocean currents and circulation, the role of wind and buoyancy forcing, surface wave dynamics in deep and shallow waters, internal circulation and wave processes, bottom and surface boundary layer dynamics, and ocean turbulence and mixing.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) apply knowledge of physical oceanographic processes operating in both coastal and offshore regions; (2) analyse the role of wind fields and surface waves in both shallow and deep water; (3) analyse the roles of both wind and buoyancy forcing in determining overall ocean circulation; and (4) examine boundary layer dynamics and the effects of ocean mixing and turbulence.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Nicole Jones
Unit rules
Enrolment in 71590 Master of Oceanography
or 62570 Master of Offshore and Coastal Engineering

Successful completion of
( ENVT3307 Oceanography
or ENSC3010 Hydraulics
or ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics

or CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or CITX1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
Advisable prior study
ENVT3307 Oceanography
or ENSC3010 Hydraulics
or ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics or equivalent
Contact hours
2 x 4 hour workshops per week for 6 weeks
Students are required to attend face-to-face workshops, classes can be attended online.
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.