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MARI112 Global Marine Systems

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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
Paper code MARI112
Subject Marine Science
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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Schedule C
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Will Rayment
Teaching Fellow: Dr Marta Guerra

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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 29-33, 37-41
A2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29-33, 37-41
A3 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 29-33, 37-41
A4 Thursday 14:00-17:50 29-33, 37-41