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Hobart, Launceston


The purpose of the unit is to provide students with an introduction to the oceans, its environments and how they function, including a history of oceanography and its early development; basic properties of the oceans; physical processes of the ocean including ocean currents and waves; geological aspects related to ocean basins, the seafloor and marine sediments; marine biological processes including ocean productivity, pelagic ecosystems; chemical processes in the ocean such as the carbon cycle; and climate, the ocean and global climate change.

Summary 2021

Unit name Introduction to Oceanography
Unit code KSA205
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere

Taryn Noble

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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  • Successful completion of at least 6 Introductory units from  BMarSc or BSc


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Teaching Pattern

26 lectures, 8 lab or tutorial classes


3-hr exam (40%), mid-term and lab/tutorial reports (60%)

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