Courses & Units

Physical Oceanography QMS511

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Introduction

The purpose of this unit is to introduce physical oceanographic concepts, including the ocean's circulation and physical structure to students with a broad background in university level physics and mathematics. 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
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere
Coordinator Doctor Maxim Nikurashin
Delivered By University of Tasmania

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Feb B On-Campus International Domestic

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International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Feb B 31/1/2022 7/2/2022 18/2/2022 6/3/2022

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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. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of concepts and principles used in oceanography
  • apply theoretical and practical knowledge of specific areas of 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 oceanographic data 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

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Teaching

Teaching Pattern

1 week intensive unit (5 days) consisting of lectures and lab sessions. There will be 15-20 hours of lectures and 15-20 hours of tutorial classes.

AssessmentTake-home assignment (100%)|Labs
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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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