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OCEN 301 Practical and Field Oceanography

Semester One, 18 points
Lectures: Monday at 12 noon & Wednesday at 1 pm.
Lab: Wednesday 2-6pm.
Prerequisites: OCEN 201

Course coordinator: Professor Gary Wilson - gary.wilson@otago.ac.nz, Dr Catherine Beltran

Are you looking for hands-on no-holds-barred experience in oceanographic research? We start with six weeks of lectures and practical experiences looking at the fundamentals of gathering data at sea. We will develop our skills on vessels of different sizes and in the lab. Then: over mid-semester break we will carry out an intensive field course at Rakiura Stewart Island, where we'll gather data, make measurements, and (no doubt) battle the elements. We'll take these data back to Uni and learn how to describe, analyse, present, and interpret them. A final research report will be the main assessment — no exam in this paper.

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