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.

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.