Global Marine Systems
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
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.
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.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
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