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OCEN301 Practical and Field Oceanography

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Methods and techniques in field and laboratory ocean science, including research planning and study designs, field sampling and data collection, modelling, scientific writing, and presentation of results. Includes a mid-semester field trip.

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, where we'll gather data, make measurements and (no doubt) battle the elements. We'll take these data back to the University and learn how to describe, analyse, present and interpret them. A final research report will be the main assessment - no exam in this paper.

Paper title Practical and Field Oceanography
Paper code OCEN301
Subject Oceanography
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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OCEN 201
Recommended Preparation
CHEM 201, MARI 112 and PHSI 243
Schedule C

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinators: Professor Abby Smith

Teaching Arrangements
Mid-semester break: week-long field-trip
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will improve their skills in experimental design, data collection, data analysis and modelling, presentation of results, oral and written communication, critical thinking and teamwork and apply these skills to oceanography.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 16, 18-22
Wednesday 13:00-13:50 9, 16-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 08:00-17:50 14
Thursday 08:00-20:50 14
Friday 08:00-20:50 14
Saturday 08:00-17:50 14