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An introduction to physical, chemical and biological processes and their co-dependencies in the global ocean system.
A varied and exciting introduction to the diversity of disciplines that constitute marine science. In this paper we investigate all the important ocean systems and how they interact with each other. We focus first on physical processes, such as sea-floor formation, ocean circulation and the unique structure that makes seawater so special. We then delve into marine biodiversity and ecology, with fascinating lectures on plankton, invertebrates and marine birds and mammals. Lastly, we discuss the enormously valuable resources extracted from the ocean, such as fisheries and tidal energy, and, consequently, how human activities are threatening the marine environment. The lectures are complemented by hands-on practicals and field-trips utilising the University's research vessels.
|Paper title||Global Marine Systems|
|Teaching period||Second Semester (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,092.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,004.75|
- Schedule C
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- Teaching staff
- Recommended: Oceanography: an invitation to Marine Science, by Tom Garrison, 2015
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking,
Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students will be introduced to the scope of marine science, learning how biogeochemical systems interact in the world's oceans. They will gain skills in critical evaluation, data presentation and report writing, as well as practical analytical and field experience.