Courses & Units

Dynamical Oceanography KSM310

Hobart

Introduction

This unit provides an introduction to the geophysical fluid dynamics governing the ocean circulations with emphasis on the large-scale ocean circulation. The unit will give an overview of the structure and dynamics of the major ocean current systems that contribute to the ocean circulation, the transport of heat, salt, and biogeochemical tracers, and the regulation of climate. Topics include the scaling of the governing equations of motion, the shallow-water system, potential vorticity, vorticity and energy budgets, Ekman layer dynamics, the wind-driven gyres and western boundary currents. On completion of this unit, students will have an appreciation of the fundamental physical processes that govern large-scale oceanic motion. They will gain quantitative understanding of the ocean circulation with substantial mathematical analyses and experience in simplified mathematical models of the ocean circulation.

Summary

Unit name Dynamical Oceanography
Unit code KSM310
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Doctor Maxim Nikurashin
Teaching staff Professor Neil Holbrook|Doctor Stuart Corney
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania

Availability

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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of concepts and principles used in physical oceanography
  • apply theoretical and practical knowledge of specific areas of physical oceanography to solve problems and design and implement experiments
  • make observations and estimates using experimental laboratory work and computer simulations
  • analyse, interpret, and report results based on lab experiments and computer models
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010907 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Requisites

Prerequisites

KSA205

Teaching

Teaching Pattern

The unit is delivered in a standard mode (13 weeks). Overall the unit consists of 26 lectures (2 per week) and 7 labs. Labs will be held in some weeks. Refer to the teaching schedule for full details. 

AssessmentFinal exam (70%)|Labs|Take-home assignment (30%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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