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OCEN450 Special Topic: Data Analysis Methods in Marine Science

Fundamental concepts of time- and spatial-series analysis applied to existing physical and biological marine science data sets.

Paper title Special Topic: Data Analysis Methods in Marine Science
Paper code OCEN450
Subject Oceanography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,566.65
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,793.66

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OCEN 450 is open to any 4th-year student undertaking an environmentally related qualification.

Teaching staff

Dr. Robert Smith, Dr. Ata Suanda, Dr. Bridie Allan, Dr. Pete Russell, Prof. Abby Smith


To be confirmed.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global Perspective, Interdisciplinary Perspective, Lifelong Learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Environmental Literacy, Information Literacy, Research, Self-motivation. View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes
  • Analytical thinking: Students are able to break down complex problems to constituent components and determine how to find appropriate data information to solve those components and bring them back together in a composite solution.
  • Critical thinking: Students are able to evaluate the strength and rigor of data analysis techniques, identify their underlying assumptions and evaluate their limitations, consider alternative options, justify decisions and act with flexibility, adaptability and creativity.
  • Presentation of Findings: Students are able to communicate methodology and findings of data analysis effectively to scientists and non-specialists in oral and written form.
  • Information literacy: Students are able to access, synthesise and critically appraise the quality of scientific information on the basis of its source and the methods used to produce it.
  • Environmental literacy: Students demonstrate a quantitative understanding of how and why bio-physical conditions vary within the ocean, and their potential impacts on marine ecosystems, cultures and economies.
  • Research: Students are able to apply and modify the methods learned from the course to address scientific questions, and report on the results.
  • Interdisciplinary perspective: Students demonstrate a commitment to intellectual openness and an understanding of the synthesis between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries. They are able to contextualise and consolidate scientific observation and analysis within political, cultural, and economic approaches to environmental issues.
  • Lifelong learning: Students demonstrate a commitment to the ongoing development of skills such as critical thinking, data analysis and communication, and a highly developed ability to apply these over a range of contexts.
  • Ethics: Students learn to maintain rigor and honesty and realise the limitations of their findings.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Saturday 08:00-17:50 30, 36


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 28-38