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Oceanographic Methods KSA324




Oceanographic Methods (KSA724) - Courses & Units - University of Tasmania, Australia

The goal of the unit is to introduce students to research at sea and provide hands-on exposure to standard methods and data in physical, chemical and biological oceanography. Students will have the opportunity to attend two one day fields trips on the Derwent river. Details of field arrangements will vary each year depending on resource availability. Students should contact the unit coordinator to confirm the mode of delivery in any given year. Academic staff will provide practical training and short lectures both before and during the field trip. Methods covered will focus on standard measurements in physical, chemical and biological oceanography and marine geophysics. These include the measurement of temperature, salinity, chlorophyll, particulate matter, and particulate organic carbon, and their bio-optical equivalents; nutrients and nutrient sensors; dissolved oxygen and oxygen sensors; light; zooplankton and phytoplankton diversity; seafloor acoustics. Students will learn best practices for data management, data access and preservation. On completion of this unit, students will have an appreciation of the fundamental oceanographic methods and practises including simple analysis and interpretation


Unit name Oceanographic Methods
Unit code KSA324
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere

Vanessa Lucieer

Teaching staff

Zanna Chase, Peter Strutton, Neil Holbrook, Sebastian Mancini, Guillaume Galibert, Madeleine Cahill, Paula Conde-Pardo, Ana Lara-Lopez

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Teaching Pattern

There will be lectures and safety briefings prior to each field trip. There will be two field trips, one focused on water column sampling and one on seafloor mapping.


AT1 MyLO Quizzes (two) 20%

AT2 Field Narratives (two) 30%

AT3 Data Submission 15%

AT4 Results Poster - water sampling 20%

AT5 Lab Report - benthic habitat mapping 15%

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