Courses & Units

Physical Oceanography QMS511

Note:

This unit will be block taught from 5 June to 9 June 2017.

Start and finish dates may change subject to staff availability, refer to the QMS website for further details. http://www.imas.utas.edu.au/qms/qms-unit-information

Introduction

The purpose of this unit is to introduce students to physical oceanographic concepts, including the ocean's circulation and physical structure. The unit will cover seawater properties, instruments and observing platforms, equations of motion, geostrophic circulation, Ekman layer theory and wind driven circulation, meridional overturning circulation, circulation of the Southern Ocean,waves in the ocean, and basics of ocean modelling. The student will learn the fundamental concepts that are used in physical oceanography for describing and modelling currents, waves, and their role in the climate system.

Summary

Unit name Physical Oceanography
Unit code QMS511
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School IMAS
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Centre for Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator

Dr Maxim Nikurashin

Teaching staff

Dr Maxim Nikurashin, Prof Nathan Bindoff and other University staff.

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No

Availability

This unit is currently unavailable.

Note

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Fees

Domestic

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Teaching

Teaching Pattern

1 week intensive course (5 days) consisting of lectures and tutorial classes. Typically there will be 15-20 hours of lectures and 15-20 hours of tutorial classes.

Assessment

Submittable laboratory/class work and an assignment. Students must pass both components to pass the unit.

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Textbooks

Required

Information about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.

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