Physical Oceanography - MSCI3001

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4

Excluded: MSCI5004

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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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.
marine science

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