National Marine Science Centre Coffs HarbourSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Provides students with information about highly topical developments in physical and chemical oceanography. It will provide a primary mechanism for informing students about critical developments within this field, especially capturing specialized topics that are not dealt with in detail in other units within the award. Each topic will be delivered by staff members with expertise and current projects in the nominated research field. 

Unit content

Five topics will be covered in each year, and will be drawn from the following:

  • Palaeo-environmental change
  • Chemical properties of seawater, such as salinity, temperature and pH, nutrient dynamics
  • Interactions between the ocean and atmosphere
  • Large-scale dynamics (e.g. ocean currents, eddy effect)
  • Small-scale turbulence (e.g. internal waves, micro-scale effects)
  • Air-sea interaction
  • Carbon cycling and biogeochemistry (including Climate Change and Ocean acidification)
  • Remote sensing of the ocean
  • Ocean-ice interactions.
  • Sea level over time

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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