Subject Descriptions - Subject Information

Calendar: 2017 Undergraduate
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
Department: School of Biological Sciences

Subject Information
Subject Code MARE200
Subject Name Introduction to Oceanography
Credit Points 6
Pre-Requisites BIOL104 and (CHEM102 or CHEM105) and (EESC102 or EESC103)
Co-Requisites Nil
Restrictions Nil
Equivalence Nil
Assessment Theory Quizzes (2) 10%, Earth Sciences Group Project 15%, Earth Sciences Test 15%, Biology Report 15%, Chemistry Reports 10%, Final Examination 35%.
General Subject No.
EFTSL (Non Weighted) 0.125
Non Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
Pre-1997 Pre-2005 Post-2005 Post-2008 Post-2009 Post-2010
$ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131  $ 1131 
Weighted Student Contribution Amounts
Commonwealth Supported (HECS) Students Only
1771-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (Direct Entry)
1777-Bachelor of Laws (Direct Entry)
1827-Bachelor of International Studies - Bachelor of Laws
1845-Bachelor of Information Technology - Bachelor of Laws
1852-Bachelor of Business Information Systems - Bachelor of Laws
329-Bachelor of Economics and Finance-Bachelor of Laws
336-Bachelor of Science (Psychology) - Bachelor of Laws
340-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
351-Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
760-Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies - Bachelor of Laws
770-Bachelor of Laws (Graduate Entry)
771-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
771H-Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Laws
772-Bachelor of Creative Arts - Bachelor of Laws
773-Bachelor of Commerce - Bachelor of Laws
774-Bachelor of Mathematics - Bachelor of Laws
775-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775H-Bachelor of Science - Bachelor of Laws
775M-Course information not Found
779-Bachelor of Engineering - Bachelor of Laws
858-Bachelor of Journalism - Bachelor of Laws
Work Experience No
Tutorial Enrolment Information Students enrol in Tutorials online via the Tutorial Enrolment link in SOLS.

Subject Availability
Session Autumn  (27-02-2017 to 22-06-2017)
Campus Wollongong
Delivery Method On Campus
Instance Name Class 1
Course Restrictions No restrictions
Contact Hours 1 x 2hr Lecture; 1 x 3hr practical; 1 x 1hr Tutorial
Lecturer(s) and
Cons. times
Chris Fergusson
Marian Wong
Coordinator(s) and
Cons. times
Chris Fergusson
Instance Comment  
Census Date 31-03-2017

Subject Description
This subject forms a basic introduction to oceanography. Topics covered include bathymetry; plate tectonics; physical attributes of oceans; circulations and currents; stable isotopes and climate change; tides and waves; marine organisms and biodiversity; environmental controls on organisms; processes of transport and behaviour of organisms in their life cycles; food webs and nutrient cycling; chemistry of seawater; sources and sinks of chemicals; carbon and carbonate cycles; chemical reactions in seawater.

Subject Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:
1. Know and appreciate the major techniques used in research into the oceans;
2. Understand and discuss the major processes active in the formation of ocean basins, the interactions between oceans and the atmosphere, circulation and water movements within the oceans;
3. Interpret observations of chemicals in the oceans and evaluate their role in oceanography using laboratory and computational techniques and critical analysis of scientific literature;
4. Understand and discuss the role of life in the oceans and how it is exploited;
5. Appreciate the role of the oceans in the Earth's hydrosphere-atmosphere and biosphere.

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