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MARI401 Advanced Methods in Marine Science

Advanced methods and techniques in field marine science, laboratory and analytical techniques, scientific research project planning, scientific writing and presentation of findings.

This paper is central to postgraduate study in Marine Science and is required for students enrolled in any of our fourth-year programmes: the Postgraduate Diploma, Honours and Master's degrees in Marine Science or Applied Science (Aquaculture and Fisheries). Occasionally students in other programmes who have a strong interest in marine science may be admitted.

The purpose of the paper is to provide practical and theoretical experience in applying fundamental methods and research skills in marine science. There are three components:

  1. Workshops addressing research skills
  2. Statistical workshops
  3. Field trips

Students must attend two of the three field trips offered: Linking Biological and Environmental Variability (Wellington Harbour), Marine Acoustics (Leigh Marine Lab, north of Auckland) and Physical Marine Systems (Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland). Travel, food and accommodation at the field courses is provided.

Paper title Advanced Methods in Marine Science
Paper code MARI401
Subject Marine Science
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester (22 February 2019 - 23 June 2019)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,535.97
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,517.77

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Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinators: Dr Candida Savage
Teaching Arrangements
  • Skills workshops: Nine 1-3 hour workshops
  • Departmental Seminars: Every week of the semester
  • Statistics workshops: Eight 1-3 hour workshops
  • Field courses: One field course in April and one in late June

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Students will acquire and apply advanced field methodologies in the context of week-long field projects
  • They will understand and apply sample design and hypothesis testing; research planning and resourcing; data collection, analysis and presentation; and critical thinking about the meaning of their results in the wider context
  • Students will develop the capacity to apply appropriate statistics to their data and to present data and results well
  • Students will improve and develop fundamental research skills, including communication methods, information literacy, planning and budgeting

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First Semester (22 February 2019 - 23 June 2019)

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 10-15, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-11:50 10
Wednesday 10:00-12:50 11-15, 19


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 08:00-17:50 16, 23
Tuesday 08:00-17:50 16-17, 23
Wednesday 08:00-17:50 16-17, 23
Thursday 08:00-17:50 16-17, 23
Friday 08:00-17:50 17, 23
Saturday 08:00-17:50 15, 17, 22-23
Sunday 08:00-17:50 15, 22