Global Marine Systems

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Global Marine Systems

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Marine Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to physical properties and biogeography, physical and biological systems 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 course 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.

    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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