EARTH241-20B (HAM)

Oceanography

15 Points

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Paper Description

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An introduction to oceanography, particularly physical oceanography and the interrelationship between physical processes and biological productivity and the distribution of marine resources. Topics covered include the nature and origin of the oceans; currents, waves and circulation systems; marine instrumentation and technology; marine biology.

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The outcomes will be achieved through formal lectures and assignments where analytical and interpretative skills will be developed, and important concepts covered in lectures are reinforced.

The course programme is available on Moodle, and appears at the start of course notes. It may be necessary to alter the programme after the paper starts, in which case the version on Moodle will be the most current.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe the formation and evolution of oceans up to the present day.
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  • Explain how the physical properties of fluids affect small and large-scale ocean and atmospheric circulation.
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  • Describe the different types of waves in the ocean and explain how and why the properties of the waves change depending on their period or the ratio of water depth to wavelength.
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  • Analyse and synthesise data in order to detect and explain the coastal and large-scale oceanographic processes underlying the patterns.
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  • Discuss the key biogeochemical processes in the ocean.
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  • Identify the factors that limit marine productivity, and how they are related to oceanic circulation and physical conditions within the oceans.
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  • Describe different pathways by which energy is transferred within ocean ecosystems.
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  • Explain how human activities may cause changes to the biological, chemical and physical states of the ocean.
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  • Communicate ideas and knowledge clearly, using appropriate scientific language.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Online quizzes
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 1
7 Aug 2020
4:00 PM
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assignment 2
20 Aug 2020
4:00 PM
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Assignment 3
25 Sep 2020
4:00 PM
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Assignment 4
9 Oct 2020
4:00 PM
8
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Test
21 Aug 2020
10:00 AM
8
  • Hand-in: In Lab
7. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Lecture notes on Moodle.
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Recommended Readings

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A wide range of texts relevant to this paper is available in the library. The following book is considered to be particularly useful and is available from Bennetts Bookshop.

Garrison, T. Oceanography: An invitation to marine science. Belmont: Thomson – Brooks & Cole.

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Online Support

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Online support will be provided via Moodle, which is accessible to all students who are enrolled in the paper.

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Workload

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There are 24 lectures, 8 laboratory sessions, 1 optional tutorial, 1 test, online quizzes, and a three-­hour exam. The workload for each item should relate broadly to the value of the assignment but is largely individual choice. A 200­ level 15 point paper in any of the science subjects offered by the University of Waikato typically involves ~50 hours of supervised study and it is assumed that up to around 100 hours will be spent in private study by an ‘average’ student.

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This paper may be used as a prerequisite for EARTH341.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: EARTH101 or ENVSC101 or ERTH104 or ENVS101

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Restricted papers: ERTH242

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