Studying online

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Unit Overview


Ocean data are collected in the field or remotely through satellites, cover a range of spatial and temporal scales, contain errors specific to each measurement system and require specific data analysis techniques to extract information to address a particular issue. This unit, with a strong practical component, includes the application of different methods to analyse physical and biogeochemical data sets. It covers a range of data analysis topics, provides an opportunity to develop a strategy for problem solving, and reviews and consolidates laboratory efforts. Students learn to apply data analysis techniques to a variety of data types that include (1) time series measurements (such as at a mooring); (2) Lagrangian measurements (float or glider); (3) remotely sensed measurements, and (4) historical and archival data.

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

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a basic knowledge of ocean data including platforms, acquisition and analysis; (2) display a sophisticated understanding of different data analysis approaches; (3) critically analyse ocean data sets and undertake data visualisation, filtering, interpolating and spectral analysis; (4) demonstrate an enquiring, critical and creative approach to understanding and managing ocean data; and (5) demonstrate an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of ocean data sets and its interconnectedness with the biological and social sciences.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessments; (2) project; and (3) presentation. 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)
Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi
Full day workshops will be held on Wednesdays for five weeks from 27 April to 25 May.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • 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.