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Undergraduate Handbook

Physical Oceanography - MSCI3001
 marine science

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Undergraduate
Units of Credit: 6
EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)
Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4
Excluded: MSCI5004
Fee Band: 2 (more info)
Further Information: See Class Timetable


An introduction to the physical properties and circulation of the oceans. The geography of the sea and properties of seawater. Understanding what controls coastal ocean currents, water-mass formation, upwelling, storm surges and large-scale ocean flow. The dynamics of a range of ocean processes, including waves, tides, beach currents and the El-Nino/Southern Oscillation. Oceanographic instrumentation and the design of ocean measuring programs.

Note: Laboratory and field work.

Assumed knowledge: Any 6 Units of Credit of Level I Mathematics.

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